07/16 – Goodbyes and Off To Fisterra

CIA tribe left to right Seamus Campbell (N Ireland), Michael Falkner (Ottawa, Canada), Paul (N Ireland), Morgan Patterson (US), Kim Everette (Boston), Joanne (Maine), Jessica Falker (Canada), Sheyna's Mom, Sheyna (Ireland) and her daughter.

CIA tribe left to right Seamus Campbell (N Ireland), Michael Falkner (Ottawa, Canada), Paul (N Ireland), Morgan Patterson (US), Kim Everette (Boston), Joanne (Maine), Jessica Falkner (Canada), Sheyna’s Mom, Sheyna (Ireland) and her daughter.  Sitting up against the Monk Monastary in Santiago

Day 40 – yesterday was full of goodbyes.  Fellow travelers we will never see again and some we hope to see again.  It was with great sadness we parted ways with those who were an intergal part of this journey.  We jokingly referred to ourselves as the CIA tribe but each and everyone of these people brought special gifts to the experience of this quest.  It is hard to describe the unique lifetime (I hope) relationship we developed with each other.  Everyone in full support of each other during the mental and physical struggles of the Camino.  Something magic happened that night of no room or place to stay after that tough desent down the mountain.

I dedicate this ending of the trip to each and everyone of you.

It is also with great sadness we bid farewell to the daily riggers of up early each day ; on with the backpack and off to 20-30km’s day.  Up and down and all across from southern France across the north of Spain.  I never thought I would see the day we would see a mountain range off in the distance; walk to it; climb over it and look at it back over our shoulders back in the distance as we marched on.

While riding on a bus to Fisterra it seemed we were moving too fast and not taking in our surroundings like when you are walking.  Leaving Santiago was moving faster than I would like.

We are now at the coast; near the end and off to the lighthouse in the morning.

Writing these reports with an iPhone has been at times a challenge.  For some reason I was driven to find Wifi each day (sometimes at the corner of a village library) and post the days report.  Once I have a real keyboard I hope to post a wrap up of events and thoughts.

Once when they thought I had a fatal disease a few years ago, I had a reoccurring thought that something was not complete in my days on this earth.  In fact I always had this feeling,  it seems for this moment, I do not not have that feeling.

I am very thankful, that I have the family and friends that I have.  And thankful for all the experiences in my life.

One more short report after the lighthouse.

Buen Camino!

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