I returned home from the Camino one month ago today. The past month has been that of re-integration. Getting used to being home, figuring out a routine, starting the search to get back into the job market have occupied my days. Coupled with the aforementioned has also come a phenomenon I have experienced from time to time over the years. I have learned to expect it, and to some degree learned to deal with it.
My travel home is an adventure in and of itself. The overview is a bus, three airport shuttles, two taxis, 6 different airplanes, 7 airports and a road trip covering 700 miles. All this over the course of 4 days. Throw in a little jet lag just for good measure.
Santiago to Finisterre
The walk between Santiago and Finisterre covered 89km traveling through forests. Very little of the walk was through natural forests. The majority of their forests in this area are managed wood lands used for timber. You can clearly see the varying maturity of the different sections.
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As of yesterday morning, I am on my way to Finisterre. An additional 50 miles, upon completion, I will be able to say I walked across an entire country.
I didn’t set out to do a 42 mile day. I had toyed with doing another big mileage day to complete my trek into Santiago, but had not planned to go all out like I did.
The prior two days have been of recovery and reflection.
The prior two mornings I have spent considerable time in the square in which you finish the Camino. It is quite a different experience mid morning than 9 at night. Hundreds of pilgrims complete their trek of varying distances every hour.