Thursday, October 22, 2009
"The end of the world"
The sun was starting to come out on my walk back to the town of Finsterra
The fishing harbor at Finisterra
This morning I walked along the road out to Cabo (Cape) Finisterra, about 3 miles to the actual end of the earth, then back. I left at 9 am in the rain and it rained about half of the way out, a good downpour. When I got to the cape and the lighthouse, there was no one else out there. This is quite a contrast to 4 years ago in July when Kathy and I were here with crowds of people, souvenir sellers, and so on. Actually it was kind of nice to be here alone, with overcast and cloudy skies and rain off over the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
I walked back along a different gravel road. There was no rain but a very strong wind coming off the water. By the time I was back in Finisterra, the sun was shining again. Since I could stay in the albergue only one night, I got a tip from another pilgrim about an elderly couple with roooms for rent for only 10 euro, so I heraded there first to get a nice place for the night. Afterwards, I walked the length of the long pier and looked at the sea, the fishing boats, and all the activity. I did buy a disposable camera after the fiasco with my real camera, so hopefully can get photos posted at some point after I return. I also tried another albariño, Legado del Conde, which was very good. I noticed a restaurant with a menu del dia that has pimientos de Padron, so that is where I am headed tonight.
I also decided not to walk the 18 miles to Muxia tomorrow. I will take the bus back to Santiago in the morning and relax and sightsee for a day until Kathy arrives on Saturday afternoon. 560 miles of walking in just over five weeks is enough for now. I am going to make the transition from pilgrim to tourist! It should not be too hard and my sore feet will thank me!!
Later: Just finished my dinner. I saw a German couple who I had met a few weeks ago and had been walking at about the same pace. A man from the Netherlands that they knew also joined us. So I had a chance to relearn some of the German that I have forgotten over the years. And I had pimientos de Padron-they were delightfully good! I also had fish and potatoes-a very good dinner. The weather this afternoon and evening was nice. Sunshine with some clouds in the sky. The restaurant was along the marina, so the views of the harbor and the hills were unmatched.