The Long Road Home

Tomorrow is a big day for me. I will leave Saria. This is the place from where you have to at least started from to gain your Compostela. It’s the final 100km.
When this was first brought up in conversation, it may has well have been the other side of the earth. The thought that I would find myself within a few days walk of, what for many is the final destination, seemed a very long way off.
It’s hard to believe I have been away from home for almost 7 weeks. Seven weeks in which so much happened and so much changed.
It would be a lie to suggest that there were not some extremely difficult days but they are hugely outnumbered by days filled with friendship and wonder. Days of Belonging and Solitude.
My adventure is a long way from finished. First I still have to get to Santiago, where I will ask for my Compostela (certificate) to be made in the name of my brother, James, after whom this walk is named.
Then I travel to Finisterre. Here I will try to find a boat that will take me out to sea so I can return the shell that bears his initial to where it came from.
Only then, having walked more than 800km in Honour of a Different James, will I return home.
May the road rise with me.
Aug 5 2016 Billy Category: The Kid's Camino

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