|Oh Beer Thirty at Journey's End|
By Pablo Neruda
"And that's why I have to go back
to so many places in the future,
there to find myself
and constantly examine myself
with no witness but the moon
and then whistle with joy.
ambling over rocks and clods of earth,
with no task but to live,
with no family but the road."
After 8 days of hiking, I have to admit I look forward to finishing the Way, but also will miss so much of it: the daily challenge, the "buen camino" greeting of both fellow pilgrims and the locals, the scenery, the time with my husband. Today is his first official day of retirement.
We left Rua in a cool morning with overcast skies that stayed that way and gave us good temperatures. We made a couple of stops along the way, but basically wound through eucalyptus forests again for the first 2/3rds of the 15 miles, and then along secondary roads and eventually through the city streets of San Lazaro to Santiago de Compostela. We thought we would never see the cathedral, even though the guidebook kept announcing we would see the spires from miles away. We actually started to wonder if the cathedral was a joke...but then about 10 yds away, we saw it!
One other oddity I notice along this path is that there are literally apples everywhere. And they are all lying on the ground rotting. Not sure why no one wants to eat the apples?
Yes, it's a bad hair day for those of us who have it, but we made it!
A church along the Way
We saw many houses with beautiful flower and/or kitchen gardens, even greenhouses.
|Can you take too many pictures of eucalyptus forests? If so, guilty! Never tired of them or the lovely aroma.|
|It was a wonderful day for wildflowers.|
|This is the fence outside the airport. Everyone discards things they don't need. Not a tradition I am fond of. However, I did think I saw a local taking off everything you could sell on eBay.|
|One bed/separate pillows. WOO HOO!|
|The potty. Very hoity!|
|Standing in line for the Compostela|
|The kitchen at Pedro Roca|
|Shrimp and avocado salad|
|Iberian pork with cauliflower and figs.|
|A man communes with his berries and chantilly...interpret as you desire :)|
So today was a real joy. I might be a bit tired, but it as worth the price. I never shy away from a life on the road.