Well, after 35 days of walking we walked into Santiago. After 4 days in airports around the world we made it back to Brisbane, 1 more flight and we will be home and the next part of our journey begins.......... taking what we learnt and discovered about ourselves and each other and create a life that we hope will inspire others.
We are really just Mr & Mrs Average, yet we have a vision to live beyond the ordinary and we hope that we can inspire others to articulate their passion, believe in their ability and achieve their dream.......until the next adventure...Bien Camino
Before we left we joked we would either come back together and stay together for life or we would come back separate. I think this photo tells our story. For couples looking at doing the Camino i would like to give a little advice. Although your a couple I would guess to say that you have never spent 28 days, 24 hours a day together.... this can put a huge strain on a relationship. Understand that the camino is different for everyone give each other space to grow and explore...... that may mean walking at different paces, exploring different ideas and experienceing things differently. Accept love and be grateful for whatever comes to the surface. Talk about your expectation before you leave, have some clear guidelines. One that helped David and I continually was the commitment to walk every single step with our packs on. No grey area of being able to catch transport or throw our pack on a courier. The other promise we made abeit a little tongue in cheek. We made the promise that if one of us mentioned giving up the other had their permission to "PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE". This certainly motivated me in some hard times. I would also say practice balance sometimes you have to be tough on your partner other times they need a little TLC its sometimes hard to know when to practice which. I say this if you think they will regret their decision latter be tough, otherwise practice a little TLC. I spent a couple of days just walking and crying...dont know why but Davids ability just to let me walk and give me a cuddle every now and then was the perfect balance. He still made me walk.
The magic of the Camino is the people. The people that you share your journey with, the people you share your food, your challenges and your laughter. Those that support you when you are tired, who gently remind you why your doing the camino. Those that when the going got tough or you wanted to add transport or sometimes just by walking with you for a while taking your mind of the road. How quickly the miles disappear with someone to share the road with. There are those that in telling their story add to your experience, and those with lessons that you needed to learn. There there are others who whinge and complain and bring you down. Yes on the Camino as in life there are the good, the bad and the ugly.
You get time to ask yourself and others the question. Are we here simply to entertain or are we worthy of more? Do we add to people lives by helping them to become stronger to expand to keep moving forward. Could this be the lesson of the Camino? To move forward in life one has to embrace the mission of helping others to be the best they can be, and by helping other we become the best version of ourselves.
Thank you to all the people and friends we met on this awesome journey. You contributed to our amazing life changing journey. The road was hard at times but spirits stayed high, knowing at the end of each day we would be embraced by your friendship love and encouragement.
The Compostela can only be claimed after handing in you Camino passport.
970Km completed, every step of the way a journey of self discovery. Every step with David by my side. Completed the journey with the pilgrims mass, sitting in the catholic cathedral knowing that we achieved so much and it has little do do with walking and more about promises made to oneself and each other. I urge anyone reading this to take time to discover whats important in life for you and then run with it!! Been camino
We have arrived 979 km done and dusted. We are the CHAMPIONS
It was worth it
It's a pretty good feeling
They may need a little more incense today my jacket is a bit pongee.
Just like in the movie 'The Way'.
Well we are 5 km from Santiago so will walk in early tomorrow morning. Pumped out a 36km day today. A big day emotionally and physically . Lots of reflection. So glad to have had David Bezear by my side. Couldn't have tackled this on my own.
Epic epic day! The Commander and Chief(Tanya) of this expedition planned for us to do a simple 20k walk, creeping up on Santiago, instead the plan was slightly amended and we pushed through 36k to leave ourselves 4k tomorrow to skip into Santiago. Her call was right, riding a wave of excitement of arriving a day earlier we passed pilgrims and (fuckers!) all day. I did learn something about my girl today there is no coast in her, it's either nothing or full power, which I think she will bring back to everyday life. So as quickly as it started 5 weeks to the day it will end. These two 'Tele Tubbies' from Hamilton Island have walked near on 800k. We have carried our packs and walked every kilometre maintaining our goal to WALK the Camino de Santiago. Quietly, we think we are champions and we are very proud of ourselves, along with all of the pilgrims who came before us, we walked with and who will set out on this journey in the future. It's difficult to sum up how we feel about it, in terms of 'did we enjoy ourselves?'. Although neither of us are
religious in the true sense of the Camino, we have found something very special individually and as a couple. There has been a range of emotions over the 5 weeks, Tanya thinks we only had one fight, but I decided not to get involve as 'supposedly' I did or said something - damn camino beer, anyway couldn't remember so excused myself by walking 20m behind her or at least out of reach from her walking poles. We have shared the load of the journey, and supported and encouraged each other to ensure we both could run, skip, dance our way into Santiago together tomorrow. We have met some amazing people with equally amazing lives and stories, we have heard many stories from the camino and we hope we have made some life long friends, a friendship bonded by our experiences on the camino. Apart from checking in tomorrow into Santiago this will probably my last post. So firstly I would like to thank you all for your 'likes' and words of encouragement and support along the way, they have truly been uplifting when we have ben at our lowest. Lastly, I hope we have inspired you to chase what ever dream you have or shown you that it's only the excuses we put up as barriers that stop you from living your life. Chase your dreams, bless,
For the last time Buen Camino
Heard a funny thing along the way, "start the Camino like an old man and you will finish as a young man, start the Camino as a young man and you will finish like an old man.
Oh they are getting really short, we walked 16k to our destination to have breakfast. The delicacy in this region and particularly this town is octopus boiled and served with olive oil and paprika. We were planning to go back to the restaurant were we had breakfast for dinner but a friend turned up and ordered some so we tried it. It was a little bland, really needed to be marinated and char grilled but then I suppose it wouldn't be glacian now would it. So we found this Albergue that had been opened for only a week and at this stage we are the only two in a room of 20 so you know what that means 'right fellas, right' I only have to listen to Tanya snore! You're all evil and wicked.....so tomorrow we will punch out another 13k. But the good news is we are starting to catch up with people, or they are catching us so hopefully we will have a bit of a reunion in santiago on Saturday, we are looking forward to it. P.s. I didn't take any photos today but I added one from and Albergue we stayed at a couple of days ago, they had an amazing collection of antique, kettles, irons, cameras, telescopes etc. until tomorrow buen Camino
86k to go, but because of our flights we need to slow down. Congrats to Reen Gallagher, David Seltzer Eva and Jane great effort guys. We're ahead of the caravan so no accommodation issues, slow road into santiago but we get closer everyday. Until tomorrow buen camino.