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Suzanne and Steve are going to Ghana for Good!
Suzanne and Steve are going to Ghana for Good!

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​I’m a few days behind on posting my thoughts.  This is about the day I walked into Santiago.   Then I’ll spend some time reflecting on the journey.   On this last day I leave early (5am) from the beautiful Alburgue I slept in last night in Santa Irene.…

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Days 31 – The End is Near Now the Camino is really crowed pilgrims, most who joined a few days ago for the last 100km.  They had been fresh and shiny but everyone is showing signs of weariness, and their clothes and equipment have that same dusty used…

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Days 29 and 30 – Intent.    Galicia is beautiful, so different from the other parts of Spain I’ve walked through.  Its not just the rural landscape, but also the languages that seem to switch from Spanish to Galician effortlessly.   And then there is the…

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Day 28 – Galicia at last!    After two days of chipping away at the long hill up to O’ Cebreiro, I finally crossed over into Galicia, the autonomous region that is the final province of the Camino.  Once in Galicia, and the other side of the mountain the…

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Day 27 – LA FABA, Spain.    “Steve, the Camino is just a physical manifestation of your spiritual journey.” – John from Arizona.  I was struggling up the long O Cebreiro hill, when a man named John came alongside me to walk together.  I say walk together,…

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Day 26 – Completed.    Today I had a beautiful “optional” walk.  Instead taking the route next to the highway, I chose the alternate route, to go up and down a 1500ft (450m) mountain to get to the next town.  This was completely optional, and after the…

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Days 24 & 25 – when helping hurts.  On day 24, I got my first blister.  And that night I stepped on something that cut my other foot’s heal.  I’m officially apart of the Camino my feet are injured,  Up to this point they had been fine.  (Equipment: Keen…

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Day 23 – leaving my stone.  Peter and marched toward Cruz de Ferro (Cross of Iron) with determination, sharing some of the weight our stones were carrying, or walking in silence.  His was a smooth river stone he had carried it in his pocket the last 1000…

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Day 18  Today is my last full day on the hot dry Mesada and it ends with one long desolate 11+mile stretch, that is proceeded by twin six mile segments with really only one town the whole day.  Of course there is an easier route that follows the highway…

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It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I don’t sleep well at the Alburgues, it might have been that second, best cup of coffee ever, or the woman in the bunk next to mine that made a sound like the last one an animal makes when being dispatched about…
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