Day 15- Santiago de Compostella to Negreira- 20.5km.
There’s no stopping us now. We are on our way to Finisterre. Once believed to be the end of the world, it is now an added extra to a long walk across Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an 88km walk from Santiago that can be done in three days. We just happen to think it would be nice to drag our daughter along as well.
Chloe arrived in Santiago last night after her long haul flight from Zanzibar. She had been on a 35 day tour of southern Africa starting from Capetown and finishing on the beaches of Zanzibar where the temperature was a sultry thirty-four degrees. Today as we left the warmth of our cosy hotel room, it was a rather crisp two degrees celsius with a forecast of rain to snow. Strap on your shoes as we walk to the sea.
The way out was marked again with shells and arrows, however CF was now for Camino Finisterre and not Frances. It wasn’t long before we were in the country negotiating the puddles again. There is one rather long hill climb to transverse before descending into Ponte Maciera which the guidebook raved about as being the prettiest place on any Camino. Well maybe not when it is raining and the water is pouring over in rapids. By the banks of this Rio Tambra is a well positioned restaurant which was our port in yet another rain storm that continually soaked and froze us throughout the day.
The last four kilometres into Negreira was pushing through freezing rain so by the time we arrived, we were resembling drowned rats. Each time it rained Chloe would say, ” And you call this a holiday!”.