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In ancient times, the Romans built a road to the summit of Monte Facho and it’s believed that a settlement once stood on the mountain. Ruins and artifacts from throughout the centuries have been found on Monte Facho. For some pilgrims, locals, and notables, the mountain has become a final resting spot; a finality of the journey of life. For others, it’s a place of birth, at least of conception. It may be (or may not be) interesting to note that there’s one specific and famous stone on Monte Facho that sterile couples from centuries ago (and quite possibly, recently too), following a Celtic rite of fertility, would have sexual intercourse to hopefully conceive. I only saw one couple on my entire trek to Monte Facho and they were fully clothed. As for me, I was alone and, at the time, had no idea about the famous stone or its location.

I left my last post, The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Visiting The End of the World, here, at the statue that pays tribute to the dolphin and their importance to the waters off Cabo Fisterra. Let’s continue. We have a small mountain to climb.

dolphin cape Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Cee was unlike any place I had seen for over three weeks—a coastal town. I was excited as I walked through but wondered where everyone was. It was early afternoon and the downtown was very quiet. After the downtown area, I realized most people, although still not that many, were at the market and shopping mall. A pleasant place, but I wonder how many pilgrims spend much time in Cee, with Finisterre only 10 kilometers away.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Dumbria to Cee, facing the quiet downtown. Let’s continue. I understand there’s a beach that’s close by.

downtown cee Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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I was excited when I first saw the Atlantic Ocean and the northwest coastline of Galicia. No, I wasn’t in Finisterre yet, but in the hills between the option near Dumbria and the town of Cee. I couldn’t wait to touch the water as it had been over three weeks since I had last seen and touched the Atlantic at the beach in Biarritz, France. I was also happy that I had my last major climb of my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I was getting tired from walking. There were a few ups and downs ahead but nothing like I had experienced. Okay, I’m a little ahead of myself now. Let’s continue…

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Olveiroa to Dumbria, at the option near Dumbria. The route to the left takes you to Finisterre whereas the route to the right takes you first to Muxía.

option logoso Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Although the title of this post states that I started in Olveiroa, I really wasn’t there yet. I was somewhere on Monte Aro and still had about an hour left to walk. I remember a quiet afternoon as I saw few pilgrims. I didn’t rush, knowing that I would be arriving soon to Olveiroa, my place to stay for the night. I had a concern though about the small albergue and didn’t want to arrive too late. It would be a long walk until the next one and after spending long days on the Camino Francés, I just wanted to arrive early, relax, visit with other pilgrims, and write my book.

Let’s continue as we have to descend Monte Aro. I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Cornado to Olveiroa, facing peaceful farmland with the reservoir, Embalse de Ferrenza, behind.

cattle embalse ferrenza olveiroa Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Because I arrived late most evenings to my place of stay on the Camino Francés, I often had trouble getting my body moving in the morning. Sometimes, I didn’t leave until 10 AM. That wasn’t the case on the second morning of my Camino Finisterre. I had arrived to Negreira in the early afternoon and relaxed while visiting with other pilgrims and writing a very early draft of my book. It was good to relax for a change, but I was really ready for an early start the next morning. As I mentioned on my last post, that was exasperated by another pilgrim turning on the lights of the large room in the albergue at 5 AM. Coupled by their loud talking, I couldn’t help getting up early.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Ponte Maceira to Negreira, on the other side of the palace, Pazo de Cotón. The Capela de San Mauro is on the left.

Pazo de Cotón Palace negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Sometimes, it’s best not to know what’s ahead of you. The memory of coming across an unexpected beautiful, tranquil scene will last a lifetime. Without a doubt, the highlight for me between Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre on the Camino Finisterre was the sleepy hamlet of Ponte Maceira in the parish of Portor. The scene was so enchanting that I took many photos, enough to warrant a post on its own.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Carballal to Ponte Maceira, just as I had arrived here, overlooking the bridge and the Río Tambre in Ponte Maceira.

ponte maceira Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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