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Yesterday when we awoke, Monica had been to the pharmacy looking for something to relieve her back pain and the pharmacist told her there was a clinic nearby , so by 8:15 we were at the clinic where the doctor gave her an injection, a perscription and told her, to rest. After walking 485 miles, Monica said I am walking the final 15 miles of the Camino Frances, and at 4:15 we walked into the plaza next to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – the end of The WAY. Made our way to the Pilgrimage office, checked in and got our certificates of completion. We were wildly welcomed and congratulated by our Pilgrim friends who had arrived before us, and later we welcomed friends who arrived after us. Today the Cathedral had the Pilgrims mass at noon, which we attended again with a number of our Pilgrim friends. The service included using the huge incense burner that 8 men pull up with ropes and it swings from one side of the church to the other. Then the day had many goodbyes, and well wishes to our many friends. We knew we could complete The Way, bit impressed ourselves that we accomplished it walking the 800 km (500 miles) walking it in 37 days, taking only 2 rest days. While the physical body is a bit sore, the inner person is jumping with joy – We did it!

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5 comments on “Yesterday when we awoke, Monica had been to the pharmacy looking for something to relieve her back pain and the pharmacist told her there was a clinic nearby , so by 8:15 we were at the clinic where the doctor gave her an injection, a perscription and told her, to rest. After walking 485 miles, Monica said I am walking the final 15 miles of the Camino Frances, and at 4:15 we walked into the plaza next to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – the end of The WAY. Made our way to the Pilgrimage office, checked in and got our certificates of completion. We were wildly welcomed and congratulated by our Pilgrim friends who had arrived before us, and later we welcomed friends who arrived after us. Today the Cathedral had the Pilgrims mass at noon, which we attended again with a number of our Pilgrim friends. The service included using the huge incense burner that 8 men pull up with ropes and it swings from one side of the church to the other. Then the day had many goodbyes, and well wishes to our many friends. We knew we could complete The Way, bit impressed ourselves that we accomplished it walking the 800 km (500 miles) walking it in 37 days, taking only 2 rest days. While the physical body is a bit sore, the inner person is jumping with joy – We did it!

  1. WOW….wish we could have seen the big Incense Burner like in the movie ……and your faces …….. good job you two ! Hope to see you in June. LoL J & D

  2. A trulyife time experience. And they sId some of the Mass in English. So many tears, so much joy, so many nations of friends we will miss. Onward. Maybe mect year machipichu??? We were in less then 3% of people doing it in our age bracket. Amazing.
    Paso o Paso. Monica

  3. Congratulations!!!! That must have been a wonderful day for you both. What memories and we can’t wait to hear all the details. love, Annette and Bob

  4. Ride the high…you’ve earned it! It’s mystifying how sheer determination can overcome exhaustion and transform into exhilaration. We are in awe of your accomplishment. Sweet dreams and safe travels. Love, Lou and Em

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