Well I’m stood in the queue to receive my Compostela. Apparently it’s a couple of hours so I decided to start today’s blog entry.
The last 18km today was just a blur. Randy and I took our time and chatted our way along. I don’t actually remember much about the scenery.. i remember a few hills (obviously) but very little else as today was more about getting to the end as opposed to the usual plod along enjoying the day.
We arrived in Santiago at around 1ish. Randy had arranged a hotel for the night.. no rubber pillows … No annoying snoring people (apart from me). We got cleaned up and walked straight to the place I had dreamed about for the last 6 weeks.. Burger King!! It was there, in the moment that I unwrapped my prize that it hit me, the walk was done. I believe there is a cathedral to visit but that could wait for later.. I didn’t think I would be emotional but something about that calorie filled burger brought a lump to the throat.. luckily I had a large sesame seed bun to dab the tears from my cheeks.
Ok, so truth be told there were no tears. Randy and I congratulated each other on a job well done and off we went to get our certificate..
As we were walking toward the pilgrim’s office who should we meet but one of the original team tortoise members. Candy!!! We hugged it out, caught up with who had been where and what’s coming next and then lined up for a team selfie!
I have a full day tomorrow to look around properly and there’s a strong chance I will go to the cathedral for the pilgrim’s mass at noon. The walk may be coming to an end but I plan to go back and tackle one of the training hills from 2 months ago. I’m curious to see if I can climb it any quicker. Plus I intend to gather my blog entries and combine them with the bits I left out and some other stuff to make a small book which hopefully people would enjoy reading. (Writing the blog on a mobile phone has definitely had an effect on the quality and quantity of my posts so I’m hoping that once I get home infront of a pc things will be better presented) There’s a few things in the pipeline so I’m looking forward to getting home and getting started. One more day in Santiago though and there’s still an hour or so to wait in this queue.
I’ll add a few photos but will make more of an effort tomorrow when I have a full day to look around.