I will be walking into Santiago tomorrow morning with my head held high. I am proud of two things when I hobble into the cathedral square:
- I actually made it almost 500 miles across Spain, despite all of my internal obstacles (not in the best shape, not an experienced hiker, self-doubts, a left ankle with a history of chronic injuries/surgeries, the deep down fear of the pericarditis coming back, etc) and all of the external obstacles (biblical flooding, extreme heat, blisters, unpredictable terrain, etc)
- I know some of the best, most generous people who supported, shared, and cheered the Steps to Support SCLS walkathon! As of tonight, the campaign is at $5,482!
Let me type that again:
What do I need to do tomorrow in Santiago as a treat for all of you? A video tour of something maybe? I will think about this more and am open to suggestions.
In the meantime, here are some pics from my very last full day of walking. Tomorrow I roll down the hill for a total of 3 miles. Yes, I could have made it tonight but I wanted to get in fresh and in time for the noon pilgrim mass.
There aren’t as many pics as I usually take because today was super, super rainy. Save the phone!
I had never seen these words on signs before and had to pull out google translate to make sure I wasn’t walking into some sort of boobytrap . Turns out the signs are just a warning that it’s a logging area.
And here are the loggers. They waved to me and yelled “Buen Camino!”
This cute little guy came right up to the fence to say hi to me. Unfortunately there was a ditch full of water between us so I couldn’t pet him. His dried umbilical cord was still attached.
Walked by the airport. I guess this means I could walk there, but I still plan to take a taxi Friday morning.
Check out this cute little altar to St James in the side of a farm wall.
I suspected this might have been the last tiny farm village I would walk through. I was right. So glad I snapped a few pics:
After the last village, I clearly had entered a metro area. The two Galician television stations on the hill:
That’s it! Santiago tomorrow!
Jen, Just enjoy the day and relish in your accomplishment! Think about what a hero you are in our hearts. Your determination has been astonishing to me!
Hi Jen, my sister, SR,just pledged $260. A couple of years ago, our youngest sister was being evicted. In court, I met a SCLS lawyer named Leona who helped us get help fro SCLS. We both tried to send donations then,and we’re thwarted by a website. We are eternally grateful for the help our youngest sis (then 61) got. She is now in an adult family home.
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Thank you SO MUCH for your kindness and generosity! I adore Leona, too. She was a staff attorney when I was on the board. I’m so glad she brought some relief for your sister. 💜