The Education Network Camino de Santiago has been completed very successfully. A group of ten teachers, former teachers and the Education Deputy walked the 112 Km from Sarría to Santiago.
The group's pilgrimage began in Sarría, bright and early on a misty morning which developed into a most perfect day for walking through beautiful countryside, farms and forests.
The walk finished in a fascinating little town, Portomarin, with a staggering set of steps up to where the pilgrims were staying.
Next morning, they set off again on a much more challenging day as there were quite a few hills to overcome. But they succeeded in covering the 25 km to Palas de Rei in good spirits.
The third day was to be the most challenging as it was the longest walk of all - 29.5km finishing in Arzúa. They all met in Melide at 12km for a break and to sooth aching limbs and feet. There was a busy market on in the town which served as a distraction - that and the storks which were nesting in the communications mast. Off they went again to Arzúa, arriving in a tired but not exhausted state.
The fourth day to O Pedrouzo dawned as a wet unpleasant morning but off the pilgrims went again, wearing the ponchos and capes they had been carrying for days. The rain seemed to make them more determined than ever and they made good headway on the mere 19km. As usual, after a rest and a well deserved shower, the group gathered for their evening meal.
Finally, they set off on the last day's walk which would take them to Santiago de Compostela itself. This began in a forest and took them past the airport and Monte de Gozo on the way into the city. Everyone met up in the Cathedral square for an incredible reunion. No one could believe it was over and that they had done it. It truly was an emotional moment and a remarkable achievement.