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    Santiago, Finish of our standard AFS 115 tour at noon with the Pilgrim’s Mass, stay overnight in Santiago

Day 8 - Wednesday - Pedrouzo to Santiago
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
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Day 8 - Wednesday - Pedrouzo to Santiago

June 12th, 2019

115 km complete!  One sign we see along the Way tells us that Santiago de Compostela is our goal on the Camino.  We start each day having breakfast together and head out for our walk to the next town spending an hour quietly with God and end each afternoon with the speedy folks coming in quickly and small groups of pilgrims trickling in for the next several hours. 

Today is no different. We start walking in the fog spending time walking through villages, visiting churches, being amazed at the beautiful countryside and finally walking past an airport and into a cosmopolitan city as we find our way to the final destination, the pilgrim’s office.  After about 13 miles of walking some of us arrive in the rain and the more fortunate ones with dry skies.  We all had an extra challenge today because as we got within 10 km of Santiago de Compostela people have taken the yellow arrows and kilometer markings and even pulled some of the brass shells out of the concrete sidewalks that mark the way to the cathedral.  We have followed directions along the Way having faith that we would make it to the correct hotel in the correct town each day.  Today required more faith as many of our guide markers were missing.  We wonder what the Spanish people think of pilgrims who do this.  But, we all made it! 

We are all tired and our bodies are protesting the work that has been demanded of them, and we are very happy to have completed our goal and have a beautiful certificate to commemorate the achievement.  But, is this really what is most important?  As with any achievement, the journey and growth is what our bodies, minds and souls remember.  The recognition is nice and this certificate is beautiful.  The transformation this experience has made in each of us is what is the most important.  We all came to the Camino for different reasons and we all had different experiences along the Way.  Some carried very heavy loads and some light.  We all challenged our bodies.  We have seen our fellow pilgrims show perseverance, strength and bravery along with laughter, love and joy.  We have experienced the beautiful rolling hills of the northern Spain countryside and gotten a glimpse into how the folks live and what is important to them. We have shared stories and gotten to know some of the local people as well as pilgrims from around this big globe.  We have experienced love and caring and have seen God at work everyday. And we have taken the time to reflect, meditate and dig deeper.  Maybe, our real goal was to honor and get closer to God.  Our reward is transformation.

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