Hey now, Hey now, Don’t dream it’s over…Crowded House.

Day 17- Olveiroa to Finisterre –  34.5km

Well we made it.

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After a mammoth day, we walked from the mountains to the sea, then to the end of the world. Now we are celebrating with a seafood feast beside fishing boats that probably brought this catch in today.

Going back thirty odd kilometres ago, we left the Casa Loncho this morning with a threatening sky. Knowing that we only had a few “ups” to go before descending to sea level, we put on the raingear for our last day and set out with bravado. By the time we reached the Great Divide, the decision point to go north to Muxia or west to Finisterre, the sky was more blue than black and the sun was beginning to cast our shadows. It was going to be another glorious finale to a Camino.

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Ominously leaving Olveiroa this morning.

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The Great Divide. The left to Finisterre; the right to Muxia.

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Last shadow shot.

The walk down to Cee was steep but stunning. Michael met a fellow pilgrim with a similar pace, and poor Felix from Germany spent the next few hours enjoying the conversations of a madman. Chloe and I walked behind them continuing the conversation from yesterday and occasionally breaking for selfies.

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Michael and Felix in deep conversation.

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That's where we are going, to the end.

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Chloe can carry me on her head from now on.

We caught up to Michael in Cee (Felix had managed to flee), and we all had an energy packed lunch for the final assault, the last twelve kilometres to our accommodation in Fisterra. We are staying in the only blue building with fish on the walls- Hotel Langosteira (that’s how we described it to the faster paced Michael ). I thought we would never make it. The arrows led us down to the slate pathway beside the final beach, then when we returned to the road,  there was our Hotel.

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The long walk to Cee.

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Church in Corcubion.

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We quickly booked in, dropped off the bags, then returned to the arrows to finish the last few kilometres.  One hundred metres later we were collecting our Fisterra Certificates at the Xunta Albergue then on our way down the winding 3.5km road to the lighthouse and marker zero.  Hallelujah.

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The faro of Finisterre.

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Starting way back in the Bay of Biscay last September when we hiked our first day out of Irun; to resuming the walk in beautiful Llanes on the Asturian coast seventeen days ago; finishing the Camino del Norte in Santiago then continuing these last three days to the Atlantic Ocean and Finisterre; it has certainly been a journey of resilience.  The weather has either tortured us or stunned us with its brilliance.  The people have all been polite and very tolerant of our language barriers. It has again been a challenging but rewarding Camino journey.  Do I have another one in me???

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19 thoughts on “Hey now, Hey now, Don’t dream it’s over…Crowded House.

  1. Amazing, arduous, Australian adventurers, achieve, awesome, accolades and admiration from one pilgrim to another.
    Congratulations – Finisterre!
    Buen Camino
    Stewart

    • Thankyou for all the A’s Stewart.
      I’m glad I did the Finisterre Camino. It was certainly a long day yesterday. I can’t imagine how hot it would be in Summer doing this leg as there is very little shade cover. However it is a very special Camino to end at the lighthouse. Thanks for following us again. Cheers.

  2. Wow! Congratulations to you all. What a journey hey? You are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see the next round of photos. I declare you Camino queen! See you soon. Safe trip home xx

    • Thanks Sue. Would you believe less than a week and I’m at work again 😣. Leaving Madrid on Friday but we have a side trip to Toledo to fit in tomorrow. Not walking there though 😁. See you next week xxxx

    • Hey Tracey. I will have to wait and see how my body recovers after this one. It was much harder than I remembered the last one….or am I getting older? Love you too xxx

  3. Well done yet again! But you’re not seriously considering another are you??? Great job my friend – another box ticked 🙂 Look forward to seeing you soon. Be safe. Much love xo

    • I’m not ruling out the option….but I’m not planning any further Caminos just yet. Maybe it’s like having a baby. Excruciating when your pushing, but euphoric when it’s done. Xxx

  4. BRAVO…BRAVO…BRAVO….much clapping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STANDING OVATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU DID IT 🙂
    XXXX

  5. You are sooo strong. I’m in awe of your determination and commitment. I’m so pleased the sun shone at the end for you and that you were able to spend time with Chloe. I have loved watching your adventure every day. Look forward to seeing you soon. xx

    • It was lovely seeing a different Fisterra. The walk to the lighthouse at the end of a long 30+ km day was VERY tiring.
      I’ll show you the certificate when I see you in a few weeks. It will be lovely catching up with everyone. Xxx

  6. Congratulations to you all! Amazing effort, I’ve loved being an armchair observer to all your adventures! 🙂

  7. Congratulations to you all. Another Marathon Completed. Thank you for taking me with you. After this,Folks, nothing ever should trouble you. Actually,I believe nothing has ever troubled you. Resillience and quiet determination come to mind. Now get to the café and buy just what ever you want then eat and drink it!

    Love from the Scotts.

    • The chocolate and churros are flowing freely here now 😁😁😁.
      Yes I think I have been a “just do it” girl for quite a while. I must get it from my parents. Xxx

  8. Wow what a wonderfully fabulous effort (obviously gruelling at times) but all done and dusted. You did it on your terms and survived, achieving your ultimate goal. Tick. You truly are an awesome team to be revered. Congratulations.
    On a sad note what do I do now to help fill my day with no blog to read?
    A daily ritual I eagerly awaited. 😢
    You have to go on another please!!

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