June 15, 2015
Ribadiso to Lavacolla
Distance: 32 kilometers
Stairs equivalent: 39 floors
Agony level: 2+
Two years ago I did a face plant just one day away from Santiago. It was a battered and bruised pilgrim that walked through the portico, past the Galician bagpiper, and onto the cathedral square the next day.
Today, as I retraced that route I found myself getting a little nervous for no good reason. When the scene of the crime came into view I paused to take a photo, then crossed the street and went inside. I’m not sure what I was expecting but nothing had changed. I have relived that day two or three hundred times, and each time my adrenaline spikes with an irrational fear.
Tonight, I’m staying at the hotel where I had cried for hours in 2013. No tears today, just a very long, hot shower and a little privacy, two things that I have missed since beginning the Camino.
With only ten kilometers to go I’m looking forward to a pleasant walk into Santiago by myself.