Sorry for the prolonged silence. You must have been wondering what’s been going on. And the answer is – pretty much nothing. The combination of right knee and left foot malfunction has left me unable to do much more than hobble and so I have admitted defeat, thrown in the towel, fallen by the wayside, quite simply given up on this camino. I don’t feel too bad about it. I would have done (did in fact) on (a) previous caminos, but not this one. I have come to realise over the last few weeks that I no longer feel the need to be away from home for longer periods. In fact I can’t imagine that I will take such a long trip again. Maybe 2-3 weeks will be my maximum in future.
It has occurred to me that the reason I have walked in the past for five, six, even seven weeks was because I felt the need to get away from home and challenge myself. Now that I live alone I am much happier to be at home. I love my little cottage and beautiful garden and am missing it a lot – not to mention my family, particularly granddaughter Sophia who often stays with me and of course my pooch.
I used to find it really difficult to settle back into normal life, whereas now I am eager to return.
In fact I am feeling right now that I may not instigate another camino, although of course I would find it hard to decline an invitation to join a camiga/o for a couple of weeks’ walking in Spain.
It was my pre-covid plan to embark on a series of city breaks around Europe, perhaps working my way through the alphabet. A four-day trip seems ideal to me, not enough time to miss anything/body but sufficient to keep alive a small sense of adventure.
So now I am no longer a pilgrim, just a tourist.
Yesterday I spent the day mooching around the charming and ancient city of Lugo. Today I jumped on the 08:15 bus to Santiago and just made the 10:00 connection to Finisterre by the skin of my teeth. Paul is with me for another day before we return to Santiago and go our separate ways. Paul is very easy company. We met on camino in 2015 and this is the fourth time we have walked together.
I am staying in the Albergue Mar de Fora up behind the razzamatazz of the harbourside area. Very peaceful with lots of outdoor space. I’ve treated myself to a private room and am planning to take it very easy for two days. I’m not even sure if I’ll make it up to the lighthouse for the sunset tomorrow, although I do know I would like to. It has been extremely hot today.
We went to the big beach at the entrance to Finisterre today. The one where I would kick off my boots and saunter along the several kms of white sand after the three day walk from Santiago. I even limped into the sea for awhile – first time for years. There is also a smaller beach on the northern side of the peninsular that I hope to reacquaint myself with tomorrow – this albergue is well placed to reach it.
I will have two nights in Santiago followed by two more in A Coruña. I would much prefer to leave for home today but flights were booked in expectation of completing my plans and it is way too expensive to change them now. So, I have enforced R&R
I hope new followers are not too disappointed by this turn of events. Most of the stages I’m missing are recorded in other camino combinations I have walked. You can find them by clicking on ‘my caminos’ at the top of the page, although I have never walked the stage and a half between Lugo and Melide as last time I walked the Primitivo I cut across from Lugo to the Camino del Norte.
I expect I will write another couple of posts before leaving Spain, so do stay tuned.