Camino Mozárabe (Camino Fisterra) – day 50 – Santiago de Compostela to Negreira 21.6 km

Life was just too exciting yesterday to spend my precious time waiting in line at the pilgrims’ office for my Compostela. So here I am at 07:40 waiting for the office to open at 08:00 so that I can pick up my Compostela before setting off for Finisterre. I am not alone – there are around a dozen here at the moment. I could wait until I return from Finisterre, but who knows, I might be equally busy then also.

Of the 10-15 people I have been walking with over the last couple of weeks, only two are heading out to the coast – all others are returning home. I hope this is a general trend, but I fear not. I think I must prepare myself for crowds in the coming days, which will be a shock to the system.

I met with Super George last evening and we shared several drinks and a nice dinner and exchanged lots of tales about the 4+ weeks since we were last together. George walked diretly north on the Via de la Plata and joined the Camino Frances at Astorga, so he was well used to crowds by the time he reached Santiago. It was really good to catch up and compare notes

Reunion with Super George and farewell to the two Italian couples

Reunion with Super George and farewell to the two Italian couples

I heard from Paul that he caught his bus on time and was comfortably ensconced in Porto for a couple of nights before returning to the UK. What a great friend he has been, ready to chat or be silent, share a few jokes and exchange life stories. I am sure we will stay in touch in the future. I bade an emotional farewell to Jesus and particularly Mary who is a beautiful caring woman, always with a welcoming smile on her face. The two italian couples are also going directly home as are all the French. My favourite Austrian woman and her husband are walking on, so I hope to see them during the next three days. And I have arranged to meet with Olivier in Finisterre and walk to the lighthouse together. I am hoping that I might also see Aase at the coast. So lots to look forward to, as well as three more days walking.

So it was 08:10 by the time I walked by the cathedral on my way out of the city and it was immediately obvious there were many pilgtims walking in the same direction. I passed most people soon enough and began to recognise some of the route from a couple of years ago when I walked it with my daughter Ella. I particularly remember a huge hill that I thought was immediately on leaving the city, but that hill was a doddle. A few kms further there was another steep climb, but I managed it quite easily. I was beginning to think that I was obviously much fitter now because I remember having to take breathers last time. But then I found the real deal – it rose 230 metres in a very short distance and it was a tough climb, but I didn’t need to take a break so I must be fitter than previously.

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I was pleased to see a cafe at around 9 kms and walked in to take a hot drink, but when I saw and heard the crowds of pilgrims in there, I turned right around and walked back out again. I found another a few kms along the road where there was just one guy taking a break, so I happily joined him.

I passed many other pilgrims along the way – Paul and I weren’t nick-named ‘the English Runners’ for nothing. Not that I particularly want to pass people – I just have a naturally faster pace – but not as fast as either Paul or Super George.

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The distance from Santiago to Finisterre is around 90 km, unfortunately split into unequal stages by the available accommodation. So today was a short stage of 22 km and there will be two long ones coming up.

I am staying in the private albergue ‘San José’ in Negreira, where I stayed with Ella previously. The cost is 12€ for a spacious dorm, good bathroom facilities, towel and bed linen provided. There is also a good kitchen, extensive dining area and a lovely garden bordering the woods. So other than a trip to the supermarket for provisions, I haven’t moved very far this afternoon. And seeing that I resisted the temptation to buy a bottle of wine – this may turn out to be an alcohol-free day.

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Distance according to Wikiloc 21.6 km
Accumulated elevation uphill 374 metres
Accumulated elevation downhill 463 metres
Total distance walked 1,294.9 km, average 25.9 km per day

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15 Responses to Camino Mozárabe (Camino Fisterra) – day 50 – Santiago de Compostela to Negreira 21.6 km

  1. Leslie says:

    I would say after 50 days you are much fitter.

    Congratulations.

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  2. David Wolfe says:

    Another uplifting entry with super pictures, seeing the one of the cathedral I can see why you didn’t include then yesterday, what a disappointment it must be for those how have not seen it before.
    You look absolutely stunning in the picture with George even without my rose tinted specks,
    Have a nice relaxing evening. Many people here are looking forward to your return but none more than me, I’m counting not only the days but hours as well.xxx

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  3. janpow123 says:

    How nice to see Super George again. What a lot of people you have met on this unique experience. Hope you have a nice evening despite the dryness! Hope your joined by some good company. Enjoy these next two days, and as always Buen Camino.

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  4. So sorry I missed meeting you ! I was at the pilgrim’s office around 9:30! Loved reading about your journey!

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  5. Heather says:

    Congratulations my super fit friend. xxx

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  6. Maggie Gardner says:

    Congratulations on an amazing journey. After all those kilometres you still managed to look glamorous for your photo with Super George. An emotional time saying good bye to all the lovely people you have met.

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  7. Carel says:

    I was worried a bit (not really) about the pilgrim Super George formerly known as Poor George. Good to see that he was doing fine.

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  8. I look at your numbers — kms traveled and the amounts you’ve exceeded some days — and I am in awe. Absolutely gobsmacked that you’re still standing. Terrific job, Maggie. 😀

    Stupendous photos. I always enjoy them. Thank you for sharing. ❤

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  9. mary lynch says:

    As ever fabulous photos Maggie. You look very glam. in the one with Super George. Not like someone who has walked over a 1,000 kms.!! Getting used to big crowds of people again will
    be difficult I imagine. Enjoy the moment, you wonderful woman, you deserve it.
    Buen camino.

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  10. Keith Rocks says:

    You put me to shame Maggie. Enjoy your last few days

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  11. I’ve been travelling so it’s been harder to keep up with your blog everyday, but congratulations! I will read everything more carefully when I get home to reliable Internet access.

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  12. Tony D Rice says:

    Maggie 😂 you have walked over 800 US miles in 50 days. That’s like me walking from my house to Las Angeles and back. Of course the hills are easy now. Johnny Wakers “gently rolling hills” will be just that after the distance you have covered. You’re probably ready to do a Ironman or a Tough Mudder race.

    P.S. MAKER OF YOU HYDRATION BOTTLE PLEASE.

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    • magwood says:

      The hydration system is made by ‘raidlight’ Tony. It is an excellent piece of kit. I have been really pleased with it and it has been much admired.

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