To Finisterre and Beyond!

WE DID IT! Made it to Santiago. Did all the requisite pilgrim things: got our compostelas, attended the pilgrim’s mass, saw the swinging butafumeira, walked through the crypt, embraced the statue, bought t-shirts. Now we are off to see the ends of the earth.

We MADE it! (Actually, it was another  12.5-km from this point, but who was counting?)
We MADE it! (Actually, it was another 12.5-km from this point, but who was counting?)

Finisterre, aka Fisterra (many Spanish towns have two names, one in Spanish, one in the local dialect- makes trip planning a little complicated) was named by the Romans who thought that this was as far west as they could go. Turns out that the actual westernmost point of mainland Spain is just a little farther north at a place called Cape Touriñan.

The westernmost point in mainland Europe is farther south near Sintra in Portugal.
We were planning to go there next, but the logistics proved daunting. It seems that Portugal’s railroads and Spain’s railroads don’t play well together. The main rails only connect at a couple of places in northern Portugal, and not at all in southern Portugal. Reliable information about whether or not there are smaller regional rail systems that will allow us to go where we would want to go was difficult to come by. So we decided not to go to Sintra, and head south to Malaga instead. Malaga lies on the Mediterranean on the Costa Del Sol and sounds like a great place to enjoy a little R and R.

No - not yet.
No – not yet.
The monument to the Peregrinos. And to one of the MOST famous peregrinos, St. (then-Pope) John Paul II.
The monument to the Peregrinos. And to one of the MOST famous peregrinos, St. (then-Pope) John Paul II.
Trog, in another time... as one of the Knights Templar!
Trog, in another time… as one of the Knights Templar!
Monument to the more-famous peregrinos. Note there is space up there for Trog and Pony!
Monument to the more-famous peregrinos. Note there is space up there for Trog and Pony!
Nope - not the cathedral yet.
Nope – not the cathedral yet.
We wander through a film set. Must be a period piece - Spain really DOES have more MODERN ambulances.
We wander through a film set. Must be a period piece – Spain really DOES have more MODERN ambulances.
This guy looks familiar.
This guy looks familiar.
Fountain outside of the Cathedral.
Fountain outside of the Cathedral.
Our quest is at an end!
Our quest is at an end!
Cathedral undergoing renovation. We saw THAT a lot in Spain - must be spending those tourista dollars!
Cathedral undergoing renovation. We saw THAT a lot in Spain – must be spending those tourista dollars!
The Incensor. Massive thing that takes five guys to operate. They swing it over the pilgrims in attendance (story says that it was to originally cover our smell).
The Incensor. Massive thing that takes five guys to operate. They swing it over the pilgrims in attendance (story says that it was to originally cover our smell).
The altar and incensor at Santiago Cathedral. Shot through the construction zone, so limited view of altar.
The altar and incensor at Santiago Cathedral. Shot through the construction zone, so limited view of altar.
Guy with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Or Atlas here needs to go on a diet.
Guy with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Or Atlas here needs to go on a diet.

Finisterre

Finisterre - Warning: Earth Ends Suddenly
Finisterre – Warning: Earth Ends Suddenly
Trog hopes he DOESN'T look like THIS!
Trog hopes he DOESN’T look like THIS!
Hmmmmmm... maybe...
Hmmmmmm… maybe…
Almost to the End of the Earth.
Almost to the End of the Earth.
Zero Kilometer. Welcome to the End of the Earth, Peregrina!
Zero Kilometer. Welcome to the End of the Earth, Peregrina!
Pony watching the sunset at the End of the Earth. Where DOES the sun go at night, anyway?
Pony watching the sunset at the End of the Earth. Where DOES the sun go at night, anyway?
The Lighthouse at the End of the Earth. Or so they once thought. And it's not exactly THE westernmost point...
The Lighthouse at the End of the Earth. Or so they once thought. And it’s not exactly THE westernmost point…
Trog and Pony at the End of the Earth. The journey is complete!
Trog and Pony at the End of the Earth. The journey is complete!

4 Replies to “To Finisterre and Beyond!”

    1. Thanks, I was not sure that I was up for the task. Lots of people begin the Camino, but drop out due to health issues, injuries, or time restraints. It was challenging, but doable as I had the time to figure out what distance I could comfortably cover in a day. It helped a lot to have a partner who was comfortable with letting me take the lead and set the pace.

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