Day 37 (June 16) Santiago to Muxía and Finesterre – by car
Many people believe that the Camino officially ends at Santiago, while others think the walk is not complete until you reach the Atlantic Ocean, at Finesterre. From the beginning, my plan was to stop at Santiago. 500 Miles of walking was enough; an additional 55 Miles and four more days would have been the end of me.
We were driven to Finesterre in a van, on city streets, country roads and a highway. It felt as if things were flying by. The beautiful scenery was gone in a flash. Such a contrast with my walk, where I could slow down or stop to see anything that interested me.
We arrived first at Muxía, a fishing village, clinging to huge granite boulders, facing the full force of the Atlantic.
On to Finesterre, thought to be the end of the earth in the Middle Ages. It was a place of great natural beauty.
The nearby Azaro waterfall had a beautiful pool at the bottom that had us wishing for a warmer day to swim and soak.
Recesses in the boulders got just enough trickling water to support a vocal and very confident family of frogs.http://trishdeford.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/img_1979.mov
We had lunch in the fishing village of Muros, with its colorful boats and nautical architecture.
It was a beautiful day and the perfect antidote to the Camino. A day of riding and slow strolling, surrounded by water and terrain that was a completely different from the Camino route, created a feeling of closure. Leaving one thing and moving on to the next. It’s time.