Day 67 – Amenal

Tomorrow.

Approximately 1584 kilometers down, and only 16 to go. Hard to believe, but I should be there by mid-morning.

For me it’s never been just about getting to Santiago. It’s always been more about the journey, than the destination. Surely, though, arriving in Santiago will be quite an experience. Especially because several of my “Camino Family” plan to enter the city together

15 miles today. Kristi’s good luck rain pants worked again. Rain was forecast for the whole day, but didn’t start until I arrived at my hotel.

Bill, what’s a “Camino family?”

That’s the term used to describe the close set of friends you develop as you walk the Camino.

I have found, since people travel at different speeds and stop in different towns, that you actually have several different “families” over the course of your Camino. It’s really amazing how easy it is to connect with people here. And it’s a real pleasure when people from earlier in you Camino appear again later in the journey.

I’m going to truly miss these people after I go home. I hope that many of them remain in my life going forward.

Another early morning start to try to miss the rain. Which means another sunrise.
Bar decorated with beer bottles. Shirley, do you think we should do this in our house?
Camino Bill on another lovely bridge.
Mural in O Pedrouzo.
We walked through eucalyptus forests much of today.

17 thoughts on “Day 67 – Amenal

  1. Sounds like there have been many special blessings during your journey and you have made some incredible friends along the way. Can’t believe it is drawing to a close. In my Bible reading today, I read this verse: “Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward (to that place) by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.” Romans 15:24 (Apostle Paul to the Romans) Seems fitting for today as it contains the words: “Spain”, “journey” and “filled with your company” – words that apply to your pilgrimage. Thanks for taking us along on your journey.

  2. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Wishing you and Shirley many adventures ahead filled with joy and wonder.

  3. Bill, I’ve truly enjoyed following your Camino – what a beautiful journey! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    I’m not really ready for it to end, though. Would you mind turning around and going back the other way?

      1. I’d better do some practicing first. I am really eager to do it, though. I’ll reach out to Camino Bill for guidance!

  4. I’m all choked up thinking of you finishing your epic journey. So proud of you and thanks for the daily uplift (other than the toe).

  5. I am so proud of you, Bill. I have enjoyed all of your journey that you shared. You definitely are my favorite son

  6. Bill, how did you manage your sweaty hat? Is it washable? How often were u able to wash it and did fellow pilgrims avoid you after a few days b/c of it?

    1. I wash it every week or so and it dries fast. Even so, it’s sweat stained so I’m tossing it after my last big hike tomorrow.

      The stink of my backpack is the biggest issue. The straps absorb all the sweat. When I have a rest day, I wash it as best as I can in the shower. That helps. But after a few hot days, that does stink.

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