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Day 20: Milladoiro to Santiago de Compostela. That’s a Wrap

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

W. E. HENLEY, INVICTUS

We like to think we are the masters of our fate, but frankly W. E. Henley, it is not so.

Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela

When we walk a Camino we like to plan it out, walk every step, and be prepared. Early on in the process for this we were faced with a flareup of Laurie’s plantar fasciitis that put a crimp in our preparation. Then on the trail we were faced with “no room at the inn” and food poisoning that led to a decision to skip a section of the Caminho Portuguese and train ahead to Porto for a restart: Nunc Coepi. This Camino was a bit of a comeuppance for we who act like we are the masters of our fate.

Early on Laurie recognized this might be the case and said, “This is God’s Camino,” and it was.

We walked into Santiago yesterday morning before the crowds got too large. We enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast at the Parador and then later met up with different friends that we had worked with over the years, who happened to be finishing their own Caminos about the same time we were.

We have a few days off here and then we are heading to Finisterre—the end of the earth—on a combination bus/walk trip. We walked the route in 2016 so we’ll take it easier this time.

And now we have to stop eating like we’re on the trail. Dang it.

Enjoy Laurie’s last Relive for the Caminho Portuguese. Rather bittersweet.

4 thoughts on “Day 20: Milladoiro to Santiago de Compostela. That’s a Wrap”

  1. Dennis and Laurie, thank you so much for sharing this great adventure with all of us! Always these blogs on the Caminos make me wish I was there with y’alll.

    1. We can make it happen. There are some great, shorter Caminos that I bet you’d love.

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