October 20: We’re so close now we could spit into Santiago. But being polite Canadians we won’t do that. Actually, we are about nine km from the cathedral which we intend to reach tomorrow morning in time for the pilgrim’s mass at noon.
It is an odd feeling of anticipation and it’s hard to predict how I will feel. I have dedicated over a month of my life and plenty of hard work to this experience and it will soon be over. Will it be a climax or an anticlimax? I guess I need to carry on my pattern and just let it be whatever it will be.
Today’s walk was a big contrast to yesterday’s. The weather was sunny and cool, still with a good bit of wind. The light was beautiful and it was much easier to enjoy the scenery – the dappled forests and sunny fields. The walk seemed easy today. Susan’s difficulties didn’t bother too much though she was more than ready to stop when we reached our accommodation, Casa de Amancio.
We also experienced more of the “old Camino” in that there were fewer pilgrims and we had more good conversations with the ones we met – English, Irish, American, German, Scottish, Canadian and Polish. Everyone was open and friendly and the sense of community felt very good. We still don’t know what happened to the hoards that were with us out of Sarria. We were surprised at how many people we met today from other countries who knew something about our election, and who held the universal opinion that Mr. Harper has damaged Canada’s international reputation.
Speaking of which, we have been preoccupied by the election results today. I woke about seven (10:00 pm BC time) and immediately fired up the iPad to see what was happening. We checked the news every time we stopped at a cafe that had wifi to get the latest and by this afternoon we were getting the day after analyses. We were delighted with the Liberal win though sad to see the NDP reduced so much.
During part of today’s walk, as I contemplated reaching Santiago, I reflected on what I have written in the past two days about my original intentions. What I wrote struck me today as premature. I’m still in the middle of it and will be for some time. So I’ll save the final evaluations for some time in the indefinite future. I expect to continue blogging after I’m home but at a reduced frequency.
I’ll close now with a few pictures which hint at the many different kinds of way marks that have guided us these past few weeks.