I started the day with another morning shower! Then I got packed up and headed down for breakfast. You jus never know what you are going to get with your overnight accommodations. This morning I was pleasantly surprised!
The place is run by an older couple and their adult son. They sat me down in the dining room and rearranged everything at the table to it would be set for just one. That was so thoughtful. Then, plate by plate, the food appeared. It was quite a feast that I figured would hold me until dinner.
After breakfast I took a cab to the bus station promising myself that when I returned to the city I would walk from the bus station to my hotel for the night.
Getting the bus ticket was easy. There were two busses to Fisterra. One was direct and one was “local” making several stops. I took the local bus since my plan was to get off in Cee and walk to Fisterra.
As I was waiting for the bus, Ruth from the UK showed up! It was great to see her and hear about her arrival into Santiago.
Most everyone got into the direct bus. Only a handful of us got into the “local.”
The bus ride was beautiful all along the coast.
It was raining on and off and I did not want to walk in the rain so I decided if it was raining when I got to Cee, I would stay on the bus. And, I WAS raining so I stayed seated and rode the last 10km into Fisterra.
Apparently the bus ride took a lot out of me because I was starving despite the huge breakfast I had. I checked into my pension and went in search of lunch.
I found a lively restaurant right in the harbor area that had an interesting menu Del Dia that included razor clams, scallops and scorpion fish which I had never had before.
Everything was delicious!
As I sat there two girls came in with a dog. I recognized the dog and one of the girls as a neighbor from Casa Olga’s. I started talking with them. They are sisters. The sister with the tats (Johanna) had just joined the other one in santiago and they had walked from Santiago to Muxia and now Fisterra and needed to get back to Santiago today. They couldn’t take the bus because of the dog so I convinced them to splurge for a taxi and that is what they did.
The dog was absolutely precious. He is 4 months old and his name is Mateo Santiago. She (Mary) got the dog in Leon. It had been abandoned at the medieval market. She spent four days in Leon getting the necessary shots and paperwork so she could bring the dog back to the USA. This is one lucky dog!!
My strategy of waiting until later in the afternoon worked! The rain stopped and I had a dry 2.5km walk up to the lighthouse which truly marks the End of the Earth.
It was a beautiful stroll.
And then there I was. At the famous 0,000km marker!
I walked out the the point beyond the lighthouse and tried to imagine what pilgrims and others thought when they stood here. It is only in the last 500 or so years that people knew there was something beyond that horizon. Before then this truly was the end of the world.
I wanted to stay for the sunset but my “virtual travel guide” Henry told me it gets really dark after sunset and that without a headlamp it could be a tough walk back to town. It didn’t want to risk any problems so I headed back in the daylight. It is a good thing that I did because it rained quite hard after the sun set.
I just walked in a light drizzle. No problem.
I walked past Castillo San Carlos which is now Museum about fishing in Galicia.
It opens at 11am and is supposed to be quite a gem of a museum so I am going to head there before leaving for my walk toward Muxia. My plan is to walk about 12km to As Lires and spend the night there and then head to Muxia on Tuesday morning.
The lights in the harbor area were beautiful.
By the time I got back into town I was hungry…again!!! I stopped at a pizza place and had some wine and ordered a vegetarian pizza. I could only eat half and took the other half with me to eat for lunch tomorrow.