Hola family and friends. Today is my first day without walking since April 23 and the wall of exhaustion hit me as the adrenaline waned. Of course I was able to rally to eat a huge breakfast and lunch and do some shopping, but was disappointed to find that the daily Mass in English operates on the other 6 days of the week. So I popped in to the Cathedral to hug St. James and catch the tail end of the 10 am Spanish Mass. This time I sat on a different angle than yesterday to see the Botafumeiro swing above my head. A bit scary to be sure, but certainly more so for the 6 Tiraboleiros as it appears to barely miss hitting their heads. High risk, low pay job…but oh are the spiritual benefits amazing!
Just watch and be in awe…
So tomorrow I pack up again and start the 4 day leg to Finisterre. The forecast is for nice weather tomorrow, but then my Camino gets rugged to finish as the final 3 days are forecast to be cold and 80-100% chance of rain. Staying healthy as well as upright will be the goal. Lord give me the strength to finish this pilgrimage. I asked for this to end on my 63rd birthday in Finisterre; I have faith you’ll continue to hold me in the palms of your merciful hands. Thank you for all the blessings you’ve given me Lord.
Many street performers serenade the pilgrims in the squares. This bagpipe player probably wouldn’t make the cut in Scotland, but in Spain he’s ‘prime time’.