Thursday, October 7, 2010

Camino Photos, Stages 29 through 33

"If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk." Raymond Inmon

Friday, September 24, STAGE 29
Sarria to Portomarín

Team North America at the 100 km marker!

We are only 60 miles from Santiago de Compostela now but because the Camino's rules state that you have completed the Camino if you can prove you travelled just these last 100 km either on foot, on a bike or by horseback, the path has a lot of new faces.

Fortunately for us, the light drizzle has kept a lot of newbies from starting today's Stage just yet in such awful conditions.

Jean Claude from France

Jean Claude has been travelling with us for weeks and sets a very fast pace indeed.

Our first donkey sighting

Ste. Jillian walking solo for a bit

The road can be rocky at times

Gallego for
Year of Santiago 2010 the Holy Year

Definitely not a Roman Bridge

Our albergue in Portomarín for the night is that first white building on the far side left of this bridge.

Queso de Tetilla

I wonder why they call it Tetilla? It was expensive but really good.

How did they carve these
so well 600 years ago?

You might want to say a prayer to her
for your favorite team this weekend

Portomarín's Church Tower

Ste. Julie's backpack is
a bit bigger than mine

Saturday, September 25, STAGE 30
Portomarín to Palas de Rei

Mexico again?

Corn Storage Sheds

These are all over Galicia and remember, corn is grown mainly to feed the animals.


Lots of roosters

All the hens were in another pen.

Working cowboys not peregrinos


Galícia is reknowned for their octopus so we had to order some. In a garlic sauce, it was amazingly good!

Estrella Galícia

This is where they draw those great ice cold cañas, I want one of these for the house.

Ste. Jillian and Ste. Trine

Ste. Jillian is still licking her fingers because of the pulpo's sauce.

Propane is THE power source in Galícia

The Clam Shell and the Cross of Santiago

Madonna and Child, a favorite in these parts

Palas de Rei Bell Tower

Sunday, September 26, STAGE 31
Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

Just in case you can't make it to
your next albergue on your own

Team Oregon
Evan, Anna and Keeley

They went to high school together in Portland and have all just graduated from colleges in the east or midwest. Their high energy gave me a lot of animos throughout our days on the Camino, great young ladies.

A unique arrow

How many bridges did the
Romans build in España?

Festa in Melide

Cream filled, chocolate dipped churros, what's not to like about these?

The aromas were overpowering

A butcher selling pig's feet. . .

. . . and pig's faces

As I was told, marinate these in salt water for two days and then cook it any way you want. . . DELICIOUS!

Ste. Julie and Ste. Jillian
blazing the way

Fording a treacherous river

Now that's a GREAT
dangerous dog warning tile!

This stream runs about 30 meters
from my bed in tonight's albergue

Is she bowling?

The zummo machine in the background dispenses the absolute best fresh squeezed orange juice.

Monday, September 27, STAGE 32
Ribadiso to Arca do Pino

I couldn't decide between this sunrise photo. . .

. . . and this one I took about ten minutes
later, so I posted both of them

Another great day for walking

Return Arrow

These blue arrows mark the way for peregrinos travelling back from Santiago de Compostela.


It means almost, but when you start to see these you still have a long way to go on the day's Stage.


The line up at our last albergue

We got there at about 12:15 but it didn't open until 1:oo p.m.

My blister that developed on
the 32nd day of the Camino

Free First Aid was just across the street

This was the seed that grew into my long, rambling "The Camino Provides" post.

Check out the eyes

Tuesday, September 28, STAGE 33
Arca do Pino to Santiago de Compostela

Now you can say "CASI"

Even the trees were aglow at our imminent
arrival in Santiago de Compostela

Camino Monument in San Marcos

Pope John Paul II came to
Santiago de Compostela once

That's great but how close are we?

4.7 km? That's all?

Our first sighting of one of the
Cathedral's towers in the distance

Talk about excited, the pace quickened and I might have even skipped a little.

We're close but that's not it

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

After 33 days of walking 798.6 km/496.2 miles and 192 hours and 31 minutes from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France we made it!

Indescribable feeling!

A Close up of the Cathedral

Closer still

A tired peregrino

I know that we smell bad but please don't look at us that way as we enter the Cathedral for the Peregrino Mass

St. Hans from Holland would love
a shot at playing this organ!

The Main Altar

Ornamentation is the Rule of the Day

Santiago slaying some more Moors

The flowers are a clever attempt to cover this up but you can still see them oozing life if you look closely.

Gold, gold, gold. . .

Words for peregrinos to live by
as we wait to get our Compostelas

The Compostela is a certificate you are given if you can prove through the stamps in your Pilgrim's Passport that you have successfully travelled at least the last 100 km/60 miles of the Camino.

The priests entering the Cathedral
for today's Peregrino Mass

The incense is lit, start the thurber swinging!

Lots of emotional turmoil at this point as you realize that the Camino experience is finally over and you are much better because of it.

As I said, I like bell towers


The Holy Door

It is only open in Holy Year's, i.e., when Santiago's Feast Day falls on a Sunday as happened this year. Entry here allows you to go behind the Santiago statue above the main altar and hug it, I opted for a hand on its back. However you touch/hug the Apostle's statue, it was time to give thanks for the influence that Abuelo, Abuela and Dad had on my life.

I hope to honor their memories through my actions for the rest of my days.

Now, THAT'S a guitar!!!

With Ste. Trine relaxed and ready for some vino tinto

So, let's go over some Camino facts before we close out this chapter of my life.

Total Days Walking the Camino, 33

Total Distance Walked, 798.6 km/496.2 miles

Total Time Walking, 192 hours and 31 minutes

Total Cost of 32 Nights in Albergues, 192 Euros

Average Daily Distance Walked, 24.2 km/
15.0 miles

Average Daily Time Walked, 5 hours and
50 minutes

Average Cost of a Night in an Albergue,
6 Euros

Shortest Distance Walked, Stage 20, Mansilla de las Mulas to León, 18.6 km/11.6 miles

Shortest Time Walked, Stage 20,
Mansilla de las Mulas to León, 4 hours and 06 minutes

Longest Distance Walked, Stage 26, Villafranca del Bierzo to O'Cebreiro,

30.9 km/19.2 miles

Longest Time Walked, Stage 1, St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France to Roncesvalles, Spain,

8 hours and 55 minutes

In closing, you now have my Camino experience in both words and pictures. Thank you for following along with my adventure and giving me so much encouragement via e-mails and blog comments.

A huge thank you to all of the people I met on the Camino that gave me animos, smiles and laughter.

But most of all, thank you to my Camino family. . .



caminobuddies said...

Coach, great blog really loved the picture, too. Camino Buddies has a link to your site. Buen Camino

Kira Mae said...

I'm a friend of Jillian's, who pointed me over to your blog so I could see the narrative of the trip. Your pics are beautiful, and the trip seems inspiring. Jill speaks highly of you, and I'm glad she found such a steadfast friend during this once-in-a-lifetime trip. :)

Estalita said...

Congratulations George. We've really enjoyed following your journey, and it sounds as though it was a wonderful experience for you. Glad you got back home safe to Laurie :-)

Dick Bellman said...

Thanks to your wonderful narrative and amazing pictures, I have enjoyed my vicarious journey along the Camino de Santiago. So much so, that I seemed to feel a small part of the emotion that you undoubtedly felt as you came in sight of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Wow!!!

steveswindle said...

Bravo San Jorge.....BRAVO!!!!!