Lires to Muxia - 15.1 km

June 24
Lat: 43.106667 Lon: -9.2175

I got up at 7 this morning and waited on breakfast to be served at 8 a.m. After breakfast (which by the way was a full breakfast), I took off as I was getting excited about finishing and wanted to get back to the coast. There are no places to stop along the way to get something to drink. It was pretty much void of anything along the way today. Additionally, it was cool and really breezy, but then I was right on the coast even though I couldn't see it. The skies were bright blue, and I couldn't think of a better way to finish a two-month hike of over 900 km than this way. It stayed sunny and blue skies all day except that the closer I got to Muxia and closer to the coast, it got colder and the wind picked up to about 50 to 60 MPH.

One section along the way I thought that I might have lost the trail and that was after I went through the little village of Morquintian. I walked about 3 km and then turned around and went back to the last arrow. I was okay and proceeded on. Finally I got to the road on the beach and followed it for about 3 km more to the town of Muxia, where I then went to the Bela Muxia Alburgue and got a bunk for the night.

I recommend the Bela Muxia Albergue as it is very clean. The have the bunks set up so everybody has privacy and your own light in your bunk area with your own outlet allowing people that need to charge their cell phone to do so all night right there in their bunks.

Just before dinner I went up to the Cape and to the Santuario Da Virxe de Barca, a small Chapel at the end of the trail. Then Hawk, Christine and myself went to dinner together. After dinner they went up to the Cape to watch the sunset.

It was a great day just walking along alone and thinking about the trip. First, in the beginning, climbing up and over the Pyrennes with the cold winds and snow, and then traveling for days across the Meseta, which is normally HOT this time of year, but was actually very cool, and seeing nothing but flat desert lands. There were all the cities that I went to that had all the large Cathedrals and all the history, a lot of which I was really unaware of. Probably the most memorable thing of my trip was the people. The people of Spain are the kindest, most generous, and friendliest people. They always tried to help you and understand what you wanted and needed. They even took time out of their busy day to put up with and even help me as I tried to learn Spanish.

This has been a very different hike for me, as usually I'm packing a stove, tent and food for multiple days and have a lot heavier pack, but with the Camino it's a walk with no more than about 14 - 17 lbs. of weight and everyday you're checking into an albergue, pension hostelles or hotel depending on how much you want to pay for lodging. I stayed in a combination of all of them. Further this is a trail that with some preparation beforehand can be a wonderful trip and truly an experience of a lifetime for all ages. I saw a man of 83 with his wife who was in her mid-70s and a family with kids in their early teens walking the trail and they were all having the time of their life.

There is one word of advise before you come to Spain. Please learn at least a little Spanish as it will really add something to your adventure. I bought and studied Rosetta Stone for about a month and a half, and it taught me a fair amount. Then I went to a Camino Workshop at REI and a man there told me to get on the Internet and Google , DuoLingo and down load it…it's FREE! I did and started using it for several months before leaving and it was great. It was very helpful and was a fun way of learning Spanish.

Well this "Pilgrimage" is over, but tomorrow a brand new one will begin as I will make my way back home via bus, train, taxi and lastly plane. I have enjoyed this journey more than I would ever have imagined and will have wonderful memories of it for the rest of my life. I hope everyone has enjoyed following my day to day progress and if you should decide that this might be the kind of journey you'd like to take on and need information or want my advice on preparing for walking the trail, please feel free to contact me as I'd love to talk to you and give you as much help as I can. So to all: I've had a “Buen Camino,” and I hope that this will inspire some of you to take on the challenge and have your own “Buen Camino!”

Spain Blog 2013

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