Padron to Santiago de Compostela
Since we started today’s walk from our accommodation 5 kilometres past Padron we had a walk of about 18 kilometres to our final destination, Santiago de Compostela. We would soon be joining hundreds of pilgrims walking from Porto like us (or perhaps from Seville or France or Germany or elsewhere) at the finish of the pilgrimage in the heart of Santiago. As we started the walk the weather was fine and there were large numbers of pilgrims walking quietly along the track.
Unfortunately half way through our walk today there was continual heavy rain which made visibility difficult. Some pilgrims huddled under trees or in cafes for a time but we ended up walking on into Santiago and heading straight to our hotel. This was somewhat of an anticlimax compared to two years ago when we headed straight to the Cathedral with thousands of pilgrims to see the amazing spectacle of the botafumeiro swinging during the celebration the Pilgrims Mass. Today the Cathedral was shrouded in cloud.
We are thrilled to have arrived in Santiago and we are looking forward to resting our legs. It is also great fun to chat with other pilgrims who have done different caminos and different distances. While some have walked 100 kilometres others many have walked more than 1000 kilometres and have started a Camino to Santiago from a different country.
A great achievement by all pilgrims.