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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.

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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.

14 thoughts on “Day 37 (June 16) Santiago to Muxía and Finesterre – by car

  1. Bless you , Trish ! You have accomplished something big. Safe travels home.

  2. Patty McGuigan June 16, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    What a beautiful way to end your “ amazing accomplishment” ,,,, the pics so beautiful and so are you ! Love ❤️

  3. Such beautiful photos! So glad you had some time to explore and rest. It really feels as though I’ve traveled with you! What an amazing accomplishment! I could not be prouder of you, and I truly hope you found the peace you were seeking, Trish.
    xoxo
    Pat

  4. Have enjoyed and felt so inspired by your every step.
    Thank you for taking us on such a meaningful and beautiful adventure….
    XOXO, f

  5. Just a great big Wow !!! Your trek was so awesome and ended with perfection. I am sure you will be somewhat changed from your Camino experiences but still same Trish we are so proud.
    Just a note: I may want to paint some of your photos – but maybe not the box of rejected clothing. Loved it.
    Aunt Vee

  6. Well done . Inspiration for all .

  7. Trish,
    So glad you went on to Muxia which I had read is an amazing way to end after Santiago and give it all up to a magnificent Atlantic setting! Good for you.
    Love ,
    Tina

  8. Nina Houghton June 17, 2018 at 2:06 am

    You have accomplished so much — I am in awe of your strength and photography. Your journey was worth a lot to those of us who watched your blog!

    Love,

    Nina

  9. How lovely to end your journey on a beautiful sunny day facing westwards across the Atlantic – and home.

  10. John Rodenburg June 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations Trish….amazing journey! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  11. Congratulations Trish and your successful journey! I will miss your daily blog, it was like a good book I could not put down!
    Safe travels back to Chestertown!

    Anne

  12. Trish, I am so in awe of your experience. What a beautiful end to an arduous journey. You are incredible!

  13. Carol Fitzpatrick June 18, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Wonderful Trish, congratulations on a successful journey. So inspirational, safe journey home😊

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