El penúltimo día

First of all, thank you for the congratulations for completing our treck to Finisterre. However, in order to qualify for the certificate (written in Latin) called the Compostela, one must complete over 100 Km of a route. The trail directly from Santiago to Finisterre is only 90 Km. The official Camino Finisterre includes the additional 29 Km from Finisterre to Muxia. We completed 13 of those hilly Km today ending in the cute coastal town of Lires. We arrived after 1:00 PM, checked in, did our laundry, and had a fabulous Spanish lunch and are now resting for our final push in the morning.

Last night in Finisterre was a classic Albergue experience as we had to endure both a snorer and a girl with a cough. They were still sound asleep when Merci, Scott, and I departed at sunrise. Since it is a Saturday morning, finding a place for breakfast that was open was a challenge. We waited a few minutes, had our toast and coffee, and started our climb out of Finisterre. We were fortunate to get the breakfast we had because after walking 13 km up and down coastal forests and farms, the first chance we had to replenish fluids or take a break, we arrived at our destination. The only exception was an enterprising farmer who had cut a hole in the street side of one of his stone barns where he placed a vending machine. It seemed so out of place in this rural setting. Also pictured are our scenes of the ocean from our walk.



We finished our walk into Fisterra this afternoon but that leaves 3 Km left to get to the lighthouse (El Faro). So this evening we did the walk up the final hill to stand on Km 0.000 and take a few more pictures. Not to do so would be like departing the Opera before the proverbial Fat Lady Sings. Photos are of this evening’s trecking up to the end of Cape Fisterra which has been through history called Costa de la Morte or the coast of death. This is true due to the large number of shipwrecks here and I certainly hope is has nothing to do with pilgrims who walked there.