Ten days of a pilgrimage on all types of paths and roadways and with all types of people. It causes me to wonder why people for over a millennium would walk 100 miles or more to reach a certain destination. Why have we walked it three times?
The Camino de Santiago pulls at the heartstrings, never letting too many years ebb by before you are drawn back to walk the road again yet on a different route. Maybe it’s the constant search for something deeper, in any aspect of life. It could be to prove to oneself that it can be done. Or possibly to find a deeper faith and more connectedness to God. Or as my husband Rick says, “It’s the cultural outlook.” Whatever the reason may be for the multitudes of people from around the world who have made the pilgrimage to Santiago, it is those we meet along the way who make the trek and the burden lighter.
There are many methods of travel; it may not all be on foot. Bikers from all over ride to Santiago. However, they must cover far more ground than those of us on foot.
As we finish the camino we are all elated, relieved and very tired. But we have made it and count ourselves among the millions who have stood on the same embedded shell at the base of the cathedral in Santiago.
Before we say goodbye, I’ll leave you with a few of the memorable sights along this wonderful journey.