Just a Couple of Old, Dusty Pilgrims. Arzua to Pedrouzo 19.6 km. 

My Mom, who is one of our avid blog readers, remarked that our pictures never have any other pilgrims in them, “are they on the Camino alone?” Well, I have never been very adept at getting things past my Mom and as she noted, our photos have been carefully curated to give the impression of the lonely pilgrim, struggling in solitude to a distant destination. The reality has always been that we walk with others, although up to now it has been fairly easy to maintain my bubble along a quiet pathway. However, the last 100 km of the Camino has become very crowded. Any pilgrim who “walks” the last 100 km receives a Compostela, an official certificate of completion. Since Sarria, we have noticed many new faces sporting brand new, clean tennis shoes and tiny, new day packs (their real bags are sent ahead each morning by Jacotrans bus). Pilgrim groups have sprung up like mushrooms, marching by us chattering like magpies to the click, click sound of their walking sticks with not even a “buen Camino” as they hurry past two old, dusty pilgrims.

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But John and I still get our quiet moments and over a mid-morning cafe con leche we run into Gerhardt, our old Austrian friend from weeks past, and we commiserate together “how it used to be, back on the meseta”. 
Tomorrow we reach Santiago, the end of our journey; I wonder how I will feel entering the Praza do Obradoiro? 

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8 Responses to Just a Couple of Old, Dusty Pilgrims. Arzua to Pedrouzo 19.6 km. 

  1. winewoodln says:

    It sounds like you are already missing the Camino before you are done. Enjoy your final walk into Santiago. What an accomplishment.

  2. Dan McCarty says:

    Wow. Seeing the “crowd” of hikers under a Coke sign is kinda at odds with the whole pilgrimage ideal. 🙂 But it makes a GREAT photo though.

    When you reach Santiago, you will feel elated and happy over your accomplishment as well as happy and elated that it is over. But you will be sad that it is over. 🙂

  3. Steve J Noufer says:

    Nice job. Sounds like there is a pilgrim hierarchy.

  4. Marcia Hanson says:

    Congratulations on completing your Camino pilgrimage and arrival in Santiago! We have followed your blog for every step of the way. What a great journey. And thank you so much for taking us along, your narrative and images have communicated the essence of the pilgrimage if not the taste of the jamon y queso! Marcia and Kurt

    • Laysan says:

      Thanks Marcia
      Thanks Kurt
      We’ve had a wonderful time here in Spain. Maybe I would walk another one of the Camino paths, but not too soon. See you in the PNW next year.
      All the best
      John

  5. Sybil Saito says:

    They look too clean tp be the real deal pilgrims! Not that you and John looked dusty! Congratulations on the completion of ypur journey!

  6. Phillip Olsen says:

    J & K, Amazing photos. What camera are you using? Ph

    • Laysan says:

      Hi Phil,
      We use our iPhones mostly, and the GoPro for wide angle shots. I’m looking forward to flying again when I get back to Honolulu. All the best.
      John

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