Day 26: Monte de Gozo to Santiago de Compestella 

At long last, we set out for our final day on the trail. Given our close proximity to Santiago, today was a short walk downhill into the city.  This is the skyline leaving our "Mountain of Joy." Prominent on it is a monument celebrating Pope John Paul II's visit in the 1980's.  "Looks like we … Continue reading Day 26: Monte de Gozo to Santiago de Compestella¬†

Day 25: Arzua to Monte de Goza

We got off to an early start, and covered quite a few miles before breakfast. Our major goal today is to cover some 40km (24+ miles) in order to arrive in Monte de Gozo (Mountain of Joy) by tonight. This will put us some 5km from Santiago at our ending stop tonight and allow us … Continue reading Day 25: Arzua to Monte de Goza

Day 23: Sarria to Portomarin

Yes, the exit from Sarria was most unique. We pilgrims who have carried all of our necessities on our backs for the past month were quite (pardon the pun) taken aback by the number of "day hikers" now joining us. A "day hiker" is one who walks the Camino, but has their backpacks/luggage sent ahead … Continue reading Day 23: Sarria to Portomarin

Day 22: Triacastela to Sarria

Our day began with a difficult decision regarding which path we would take to Sarria. The shorter and more popular route would save us 7.2km but involved a gradual, yet steep uphill climb. The alternative path consisted of constant rolling hills (i.e. lots of moderate climbs and descents) and would lengthen our day considerably. Sorry, … Continue reading Day 22: Triacastela to Sarria

Day 21: La Faba to Triacastela

What a wonderful day to leave Spain. Yep,  as we haven't yet reached Santiago de Compestella, that was Frank's surprised reaction, too!  Actually, our location it is a matter of opinion. That is to say, we have officially entered the autonomous region of Galicia which has its own language, distinct culture, separate history from Spain, … Continue reading Day 21: La Faba to Triacastela