Day 40 – Samos to Morgade, Spain. Camino de Santiago.
It was a lovely morning but we were really tired today. If I’m completely honest here, I was up half the night with an upset stomach. Sharon was suffering from wrecked knees. We made the executive decision to get a lift to Sarria – 8km away – and begin our days walk from there, rather than doing another 20km walk.
We arrived in Sarria.
This is the place most pilgrims begin their Camino, as you only required to walk the last 100km of any Camino route, in order to be eligible for a Compostela in Santiago. Cyclists have to do 200km.
We made our way through the city, stopping to take photos (of course) and having brekky (breakfast) in a bar (cafe) where our order seemed to have gotten partly lost even though we the only customers. Ah, Spain.
We went into the church to get our credential stamped. It’s from here we have to get two stamps per day in our credential in order to receive our Compostela in Santiago. That is, to be eligible. It allows the pilgrim office to see that you did indeed walk the last 100km.
We were shocked to see three scammers inside the church, praying on pilgrims. I saw one woman handing the thief some money. I had to say something to her before she got scammed further. Turns out, it was her first day and she had already been considering quitting and going home. After that, the woman clung to us like a lifeline.
Surprisingly, the woman was Australian (the odds!). Her name was Elice. She walked with us, soaking up all we could share. It was weird to verbalize all I had learned over the last 600+ km. I was shocked to realise the immense amount I had learned. There were many just like her on the trail today. New shoes, clean pants.
I felt like a used-up pilgrim in comparison.
Ah, but we are four sleeps until we reach Santiago. That’s NOTHING! There were days I didn’t think I’d even make it this far!