On this long walk, I have only had one day with heavy rain and another morning with a couple of showers. That's it for rain! How lucky can one be?
Last night the rain came …… all night long!
But ……… while I was having breakfast ……. it stopped!
I was enjoying calm winds and brilliant sunshine for my 9km walk to The end of the World and back.
A statue of a medieval pilgrim is placed at a prominent place along the road. Unfortunately the features are in shadow.
The lighthouse Faro at The end of the World. Modern technology has made it redundant, but it still operates as a tracking station for shipping.
Sitting at The End of the World enjoying the day and thinking about the Camino and my life.
I feel very contented and loved.
For modern day pilgrims it has become a ritual to burn an item of old clothing or some written statement that includes attachments or habits no longer wanted or needed. The ashes of our past actions will then blow away “so that, like the Phoenix, we can arise anew and fly to ever greater heights”
There is a Peace Pole and according to John Brierley:
“Owing to its pagan past Finisterre has been largely excluded from the Samtiago story. But this exclusion has allowed Finisterre the freedom to become a beacon of light to welcome all people in its universal embrace. This inclusivity is evidenced by the planting of one of the first Peace Poles in Spain into the solid rock at the lighthouse. This internationally recognised symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family stands vigil in silent prayer for universal peace”.
There are several monuments and plaques to the violent discovery of the Americas by European explorers. This one relates to Argentina, but unfortunately I don't understand the writing.
Here in Finisterre, there is a certificate available, equivalent to the Compostella in Santiago. This is only for people that have walked from Santiago to Finisterre. If you came by bus, you are out of luck. Some effort needs to be exerted to qualify. It is called a Fisterrana, and here is mine..
I am going to retire my boots and walking poles. Both pairs are totally warn out. They have given me excellent service on The 220 km Larapinta Trail, The 1000 km Bibbulmun Trail, the 100 km Great Ocean Road Walk trail and now nearly 900 km from France to The End of the World.
It would have been appropriate to leave them on the rocks with other people's items of clothes, boots etc., but I needed the boots to walk back. I will, however, leave them here at Finisterre.
There is not much rubber left on those heels, and the points on the poles were a couple of centimetres long …. once.
This also means the end of this blog. Tomorrow I catch a bus back to Santiago and the following day I fly to London for a week before going home to Perth.
The scallop shell is coming home with me. It's a Camino symbol most pilgrims display somewhere on their pack or panniers. I bought mine in St Jean Pied de Port and carried it on the outside of my backpack all the way to the end.