Pilgrim Rituals ~ Santiago ~ July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014
Post-Camino
Santiago

A timeworn pilgrim tradition is to place your hand in the Tree if Life in the central column of the Door of Glory, Portico de Gloria. Millions of pilgrims over the century have worn holes in the solid marble as a mark of gratitude for their safe arrival.

Traditionally pilgrims touch their brow to the stone carving of the cathedral’s architect Maestro Mateo’s brow to receive some of his artistic genius.

Another tradition is to knee before the casket containing the relics of Saint James and offer prayer.

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Motorized Transportation ~ Santiago ~ July 1, 2014

July 1
Post-Camino
Santiago

Traveled to Santiago by bus. A six day walk was reduced to a three hour bus drive. I’m adjusting well to motorized transportation.

What luxury to be staying in a private room (23€) at 16th-century San Martin Pinario Hospederia Seminario Mayor which was formerly seminary for Catholic priests and hospital for pilgrims. It’s located in Plaza da Immaculada, one of the four plazas surrounding the Santiago Cathedral.

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Index of Camino Titles ~ June 30, 2014

Off ~ Day 01 – Le Puy, FRANCE
* Stairway to Heaven ~ Day 02 – Le Puy
In the Beginning ~ Day 03 – Montbonnet
* Accordion ~ Day 04 – Monistrol-d’Allier
Which Way? ~ Day 04 – Monistrol-d’Allier
Bouquet a’la Manure ~ Day 04 – Monistrol-d’Allier
What Will $42 Get You in France? ~ Day 04 – Monistrol-d’Allier
Straight As An Arrow ~ Day 05 – Le Falzet
Templiers ~ Day 06 – Saint-Alban-sur-Limognole
Jackpot ~ Day 07 – Lasbros
Blister vs Corn ~ Day 07 – Lasbros
Raisin ~ Day 07 – Lasbros
Can’t Judge a Book By its Cover ~ Day 07 – Lasbros
Snow ~ Day 08 – Nasbinals
*** Spinning Connections ~ Day 09 – Nasbinals ~ REST DAY #1
Dong-Dong ~ Day 09 – Nasbinals ~ REST DAY #1
20,000 Feet ~ Day 10 – Chely d’Aubrac
Just Because ~ Day 10 – Chely d’Aubrac
Taking Care of Business ~ Day 10 – Chely d’Aubrac

** Neptunes’ Muse ~ Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
** Coffee, Tea, or Me ~ Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
Chein ~ Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
** Convent for the Night ~ Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
Light of Life ~ Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
*** String ~ Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
Going Up ~ Day 12 – Golinhac
Pate vs Gu ~ Day 12 – Golinhac
Don’t Do It ~ Day 12 – Golinhac
Kisses ~ Day 13 – Conques, France
Kisses for Jay ~ Day 13 – Conques, France
Rapunzal’s Tower ~ Day 14 – Conques ~ REST DAY #2
*** Cinq Senses ~ Day 14 – Conques ~ REST DAY #2
Marrs ~ Day 15 – Livinhac-le-haut
*** $49.33 plus Towel ~ Day 16 – Figeac
** Rawhide ~ Day 16 – Figeac
*** Jolly Green Giant ~ Day 17 – Cajarc
Bits and Pieces ~ Day 17 – Cajarc
Misty Morning ~ Day 18 – Limogne-en-Quercy
Guess Whose Coming to Dinner ~ Day 18 – Limogne-en-Quercy
* Ring around the Posies ~ Day 19 – Vaylats
Kenny’s Pool ~ Day 20 – Cahors
Sincerely ~ Day 20 – Cahors
* Pilgrim a’la Shihuahua ~ Day 20 – Cahors

*** If ~ Day 21 – Lascabanes
** Jigsaw ~ Day 21 – Lascabanes
*** Ode to Mud ~ Day 22 – Lauzerte
*** Reflections ~ Day 22 – Lauzerte
Easy is Hard ~ Day 23 – Moissac, France
*** Little ~ Day 23 – Moissac, France
*** Big ~ Day 23 – Moissac, France
** Muddy Footprints ~ Day 23 – Moissac, France
For the Birds ~ Day 23 – Moissac, France
Daily Bread? ~ Day 23 – Moissac, France
** 1492 ~ Day 24 – Auvillar
* First Glance ~ Day 25 – Lectoure
*** Any Way You Want It ~ Day 26 – La Romieu
If You Build It ~ Day 26 – La Romieu
*** On My Mind ~ Day 27 – Condom
*** Dessert a’la De Jour ~ Day 27 – Condom
* Nobody’s Home ~ Day 27 – Condom
What a Difference ~ Day 28 – Monreal-du-Gers
* Boot Markers ~ Day 28 – Monreal-du-Gers
Went A-Courtin ~ Day 29 – Manciet
Long and Winding Road ~ Day 29 – Manciet
Open Door Policy ~ Day 30 – Nogaro
Family Affair ~ Day 30 – Nogaro
*** Frank Lloyd Wright ~ Day 30 – Nogaro
The Understatement ~ Day 30 – Nogaro
** Fuel ~ Day 30 – Nogaro

*** Crosses ~ Day 31 – Aire-sur-l’Dour, France
*** Nature’s Play ~ Day 31 – Aire-sur-l’Dour, France
** Jean’s Place ~ Day 31 – Aire-sur-l’Dour, France
** Driven by the Euro ~ Day 32 – Pimbo
*** Le Jour De la Liberation ~ Day 32 – Pimbo
Ain’t Foie Gras ~ Day 32 – Pimbo
Right of Way ~ Day 32 – Pimbo
*** Country Mouse, City Mouse ~ Day 32 – Pimbo
De Retrouver ~ Day 32 – Pimbo
Two Today ~ Day 33 – Uzan
Motivation ~ Day 33 – Uzan
*** Things Never Expected ~ Day 34 – Maslacq
Animal Farm ~ Day 34 – Maslacq
*** White Blouse ~ Day 34 – Maslacq
Palm Trees to Pyrenees ~ Day 35 – Navarrenx
*** Landscape ~ Day 36 – Aroue
See ~ Day 36 – Aroue
*** Lottery ~ Day 36 – Aroue
* Harder Than It Sounds ~ Day 37 – Aroues ~ REST DAY #3
High Ground ~ Day 38 – Ostabat-Asme
Not Alone ~ Day 36 – Aroue
Fleur ~ Day 39 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Why France? ~ Day 39 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
*** And Walk ~ Day 39 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
*** Should Have ~ Day 40 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ~ REST DAY #4

Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 1 ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
*** Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 2 ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 3A ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
**Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 3B ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 3C ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 3D ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 3E ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
** Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 3F ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 4A ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 4B ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
** Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 5 ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 6A ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
** Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 6B ~ Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Virginia??? ~ Day 42 – Zubiri
Hemingway Got it Wrong ~ Day 43 – Pamplona
Purple ~ Day 43 – Pamplona
*** Caterpillars Do It ~ Day 43 – Pamplona
Parts of the Whole ~ Day 43 – Pamplona
Fingers Do the Walking ~ Day 44 – Pamplona ~ REST DAY #5
*** Dance of Wheat ~ Day 45 – Puente la Reina
** Snail’s Point of View ~ Day 45 – Puente la Reina
** Light and Shadow ~ Day 45 – Puente la Reina
Knights Templar ~ Day 45 – Puente la Reina
*** Field Poppies ~ Day 46 – Estella
** Structures ~ Day 46 – Estella
Doors ~ Day 47 – Los Arcos
** Wizard of Oz ~ Day 46 – Estella
*** To Market, To Market ~ Day 48 – Logrono
Eight for the Templars ~ Day 48 – Logrono
Children ~ Day 48 – Logrono
** Over the Top ~ Day 49 – Ventosa
** 500 Miles ~ Day 50 – Ciruena
White Snow and Red Rock ~ Day 50 – Ciruena
** Follow the Yellow Brick Road ~ Day 50 – Ciruena

*** Milky Way ~ Day 51 – Villamayor del Rio
Front, Rear, and in Between ~ Day 51 – Villamayor del Rio
Geometry ~ Day 52 – Villafranca Montes de Oca
On the Rain ~ Day 52 – Villafranca Montes de Oca
Walk in the Woods ~ Day 53 – Cardenula Riopico
** Evil in Shangrila ~ Day 53 – Cardenula Riopico
** Santa Maria ~ Day 54 – Burgus, Spain
*** Concert ~ Day 54 – Burgus, Spain
Talking Heads ~ Day 55 – Hornillos del Camino
** Sublime Walk ~ Day 56 – Castrojeriz
** Entering Camelot ~ Day 56 – Castrojeriz
All Fall Down ~ Day 56 – Castrojeriz
Ruined Castle ~ Day 56 – Castrojeriz
** Camelot Concert ~ Day 56 – Castrojeriz
No Electricity ~ Day 57 – Fromista
Pure Romanesque ~ Day 57 – Fromista
*** Meseta Blues ~ Day 57 – Fromista
Old and New Construction ~ Day 58 – Carrion de los Condes
Templar’s Monument ~ Day 58 – Carrion de los Condes
*** Sahara, Serengeti? ~ Day 59 – Terradillos de los Templarios
Lavender ~ Day 60 – Calzadilla de los Herman
Made of Stone ~ Day 60 – Calzadilla de los Herman
** Rocky Road…Not the Ice Cream ~ Day 60 – Calzadilla de los Herman

** Parador ~ Day 61 – Mansilla de las Mulas
** Makes Three ~ Day 62 – Leon, Spain
** Catedral Pulchra Leonina ~ Day 62 – Leon, Spain
** Night on the Town ~ Day 62 – Leon, Spain
** Phenomenal Day ~ Day 63 – Villar de Mazarife
** Pintxos ~ Day 64 – Astorga
** Senset, Sunrise ~ Day 64 – Astorga
Still Snow ~ Day 65 – Rabanal
*** Words ~ Day 65 – Rabanal
* St. James Confraternity ~ Day 65 – Rabanal
** Benedictine Monastery ~ Day 66 – Rabanal~ REST DAY #6 ~ Monasterio
23,300 Hits ~ Day 67 & 68 – Rabanal ~ REST DAY #7 ~ Monasterio
23,300 Hits ~ Day 67 & 68 Day 68 – Rabanal~ REST DAY #8 ~ Monasterio
* Left Rock ~ Day 69 – Molinaseca
They Got It Right ~ Day 70 – Cababelos
Castillo de los Templarios ~ Day 70 – Cababelos
In Passing ~ Day 70 – Cababelos
Build A Better Box ~ Day 70 – Cababelos

In Memory ~ Day 71 – Vega de Valcare
Foot or Hoof ~ Day 71 – Vega de Valcare
*** Carrying A Mountain ~ Day 72 – O Cebreiro
** Swiss Chateau ~ Day 72 – O Cebreiro
** Sunrise Set-Off ~ Day 73 – Triacastela
Oldest Monastery ~ Day 74 – Sarria
1:00 PM Curfew ~ Day 74 – Sarria
** Avoiding Sun ~ Day 75 – Portomarin
** 100 KM ~ Day 75 – Portomarin
Clouds Talk ~ Day 76 – Palas do Rei
Through the Mist ~ Day 77 – Ribadiso de Baxo
Crossing to the Other Side ~ Day 77 – Ribadiso de Baxo
Say It with Flowers ~ Day 78 – O Pedrouzo
* Nothing Will Stop Them ~ Day 78 – O Pedrouzo
Santiago! ~ Day 79 – Santiago, Spain
Botafumeiro ~ Day 79 – Santiago, Spain
** Trinket Town ~ Day 79 – Santiago, Spain
Breakfast at Parador ~ Day 80 – Negreira ~ Day 80 – Negreira
River View ~ Day 80 – Negreira
Fruit of the Vine ~ Day 80 – Negreira
** Spanish Seafood ~ Day 80 – Negreira

** One-Thousand Miles ~ Day 81 – Olveiroa
A Day for Walking ~ Day 81 – Olveiroa
** Road Less Traveled ~ Day 82 – Muxia
Atlantic Ocean ~ Day 82 – Muxia
** Black House ~ Day 83 – Muxia REST DAY #9
** Beaching, Not Walking ~ Day 83 – Muxia REST DAY #9
Finisterre ~ Day 84 – Finisterre
** 0.00 K.M. ~ Day 85 – Finisterre, Spain
Thanks ~ Day 85 – Finisterre, Spain
Index ~ Day 85 – Finisterre, Spain

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Index of Camino Days ~ June 30, 2014

Day 01 – Le Puy, FRANCE
Day 02 – Le Puy
Day 03 – Montbonnet
Day 04 – Monistrol-d’Allier
Day 05 – Le Falzet
Day 06 – Saint-Alban-sur-Limognole
Day 07 – Lasbros
Day 08 – Nasbinals
Day 09 – Nasbinals ~ REST DAY #1
Day 10 – Chely d’Aubrac
Day 11 – Saint-Come d’Otl
Day 12 – Golinhac
Day 13 – Conques, France
Day 14 – Conques ~ REST DAY #2
Day 15 – Livinhac-le-haut
Day 16 – Figeac
Day 17 – Cajarc
Day 18 – Limogne-en-Quercy
Day 19 – Vaylats
Day 20 – Cahors
Day 21 – Lascabanes
Day 22 – Lauzerte
Day 23 – Moissac, France
Day 24 – Auvillar
Day 25 – Lectoure
Day 26 – La Romieu
Day 27 – Condom
Day 28 – Monreal-du-Gers
Day 29 – Manciet
Day 30 – Nogaro
Day 31 – Aire-sur-l’Dour, France
Day 32 – Pimbo
Day 33 – Uzan
Day 34 – Maslacq
Day 35 – Navarrenx
Day 36 – Aroue
Day 37 – Aroues ~ REST DAY #3
Day 38 – Ostabat-Asme
Day 39 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Day 40 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ~ REST DAY #4
Day 41 – Roncesvalles, SPAIN
Day 42 – Zubiri
Day 43 – Pamplona
Day 44 – Pamplona ~ REST DAY #5
Day 45 – Puente la Reina
Day 46 – Estella
Day 47 – Los Arcos
Day 48 – Logrono
Day 49 – Ventosa
Day 50 – Ciruena
Day 51 – Villamayor del Rio
Day 52 – Villafranca Montes de Oca
Day 53 – Cardenula Riopico
Day 54 – Burgus, Spain
Day 55 – Hornillos del Camino
Day 56 – Castrojeriz
Day 57 – Fromista
Day 58 – Carrion de los Conde
Day 59 – Terrados de Los Templarios
Day 60 – Calzadilla de los Herman
Day 61 – Mansilla de las Mulas
Day 62 – Leon, Spain
Day 63 – Villar de Mazarife
Day 64 – Astorga
Day 65 – Rabanal
Day 66 – Rabanal~ REST DAY #6 ~ Monasterio
Day 67 – Rabanal ~ REST DAY #7 ~ Monasterio
Day 68 – Rabanal~ REST DAY #8 ~ Monasterio
Day 69 – Molinaseca
Day 70 – Cababelos
Day 71 – Vega de Valcare
Day 72 – O Cebreiro
Day 73 – Triacastela
Day 74 – Sarria
Day 75 – Portomarin
Day 76 – Palas do Rei
Day 77 – Ribadiso de Baxo
Day 78 – O Pedrouzo
Day 79 – Santiago, Spain
Day 80 – Negreira
Day 81 – Olveiroa
Day 82 – Muxia
Day 83 – Muxia REST DAY #9
Day 84 – Finisterre
Day 85 – Finisterre, Spain

PHOTO #1: Le Puy ~ Day 1
PHOTO #2: Finisterre ~ Day 85

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Thanks ~ Day 85 ~ June 30, 2014

Day 85, June 30
6 miles, 1,060 miles
Altitude: ? feet (? feet daily high)
Weather: overcast 65-70F
Finisterre

Special thanks to those who graced my Camino.

Cats…Mike
Tech Support…Mark, Jay, Mike
Blog…Mark, Mike, Pam
Blog Readers…27,900 hits in 17 countries (June 30, 2014)
DVD…Pam
Final 48 Hour…Kenny, Tom
Home Front…Karen, Greg, the Hood
Business…Pam, Gerry
Shared The Dream…Jo, Don, St. James Confraturnity
Piggy…Katherine
The Way Arrow…Mariët
London…JoAnna, Erl
Yorkshire…Leslie, James, Rick
Paris…Sarah, Frederick
Florence…Vieri, Rebecca
Camino Heartstrings…Clare, Ava, Arthur, Hartman, Daniel, Christina, Mimi, JoAnna, Martin, Danilo, Di, Dave, Father Javier,
Father Pius, Iwan, Christian, Bertrand, Wolfgang. Mariët

(Piggy was a travel gift requiring no space or weight; yet, it was a constant reminder of friends and home. It never ceased to produce a smile.)

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