15 May 2015

Arzua to Pedrouzo

Start 7h45
End 13h28
22.27 km
28,619 steps

Tomorrow we arrive in Santiago!!  There is definitely an air more festive today.  We moved from the Camino Norte to the Camino Frances.  Many more groups of pilgrims as we also joined those who walk the requisite 100km for a Compostelle and those who are followed by a tourist bus that carries their luggage to each stop.

The bar we stopped at for the 10h00 pause café (à French requirement!!) was quite the festive spot.  Pilgrims leave their unwanted burdens,  clothes,  thoughts, and general graffiti everywhere.  What an energetic spot!!

Cannot wait to arrive,  but just a touch sad to part ways with these four wonderful Françaises... Sylvie,  Marie-Hélène ,  Roselyne,  et Marie-Claude .  It was especially great to pass the last half of the Camino with them.  There have been mostly men walking with just a few women. Our group became recognizable as les françaises. Much warmth and laughter and companionship.

Many lessons learned,  a slightly different view of who I am and what I am capable of,  and many memories of the challenges,  the beauty of Spain,  and the wonderful spirit of the pilgrims.

Already I yearn to return!!

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