From 538.com: For U. S. residents unfamiliar with the metric system, a kilometer is basically a mile that phoned it in.
We walked the Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances) in Spring 2013. We walked about 400 miles in 45 days (8 rest days). In Fall 2014 we walked much of it again and also some of the Camino Finisterre. We walked about 300 miles in about 40 days. This time we walked the Camino Portuguese and Camino Finisterre. We walked about 200 miles in 31 days (3 rest days). On the first two caminos we skipped some parts, taking taxis, trains or busses, this time we walked the entire way. No skipping.
Our “slow camino” approach has been successful for us. We walked about 8 miles a day, sometimes as much as 12, sometime only 4 or 5. Since we walk less we don’t really need many rest days. Our feet have done very well with minimal problems. We like having time in the afternoons to explore the city or village we are in or just read and post to the blog. We usually have our big meal in the afternoon at 2 or 3 and have a minimal dinner from the grocery store.
On our first Camino we found that our attitude changed four or five days before the end. We stopped thinking about the journey and started thinking about the end and getting there. That didn’t happen on this Camino, the last 4-5 days were just about the same, we looked forward to getting up and walking each day.
It helped that the last 4-5 days were each beautiful and interesting in their own way. We stayed at interesting and varied places and met interesting and varied people.
We have a week left over at the end so we decided to spend it in Lisbon in an Airbnb apartment. We are in Lisbon now. The airbnb is much nicer than we expected and we are having fun settling in and exploring the city. More on this in the next few days.
Many pilgrims (who don’t want to stop in Santiago) walk on to Finisterre. Some go on to Muxia, some go to Muxia first, you can walk in either direction. We spent three days in Finisterre in 2014 and skipped it this time. Muxia was our goal. It turned out to be a lovely town that we liked a lot. Great views, lots of ocean. We stayed in a “boutique hotel” which was pretty nice, very hipster-like.
This was a strange thing. The people at our hotel said to go see it and it is on the map of the town as something to visit on the self-guided tour. It is a bunch of wooden racks holding up dried fish sections. A man walked up and said he and his son and grandson had made it over the last 14 years. He was 84 years old.
It was interesting and strange and beautiful. It reminded me of Watts Towers in LA. An ordinary guy doing art in his backyard for all to see.
The bus from Muxia to Santiago only goes twice a day, at 6:45 am and 2:30 pm. Unless it happens to be a festivo (holiday) in which case it leaves at 7:30 am. It was a Tuesday and we only found out by chance that it was a Galician holiday, Dia de Las Letras, to celebrate Galicia authors, but only ones who are dead apparently. Anyway everyone agreed that Tuesday was a festivo so we showed up around 7:15. Lots of people were there, all pilgrims who finished in Muxia and were going back to Santiago. We assume some of them did not get the word and were there at 6:45.
This was our last chance to be a part of a pilgrim group. We saw a few people we had seen on the trail or around Muxia.
Put together by Google photos. This includes a video and panorama that are in the previous posts.