The last day, Santiago in the morning!

Sunrise, last one

Sunrise, last one

Cypress grove

Cypress grove

Nice trail today

Nice trail today

From my door collection

From my door collection

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Can you imagine a door like this at your house

Can you imagine a door like this at your house

Dog on the left pony on the right

Dog on the left pony on the right

These are one of those granite paths, walk on top, muck below

These are one of those granite paths, walk on top, muck below

All our kids know that their dad is the sentimental one in our family, not me. I’m the tough guy in the family. But when I was talking with Al before dinner saying I had no idea about what to write about today, then it came to me write about tomorrow. Then we had do go down to dinner. Which okay that reminds me. We are in a pilgrim hotel. We, us pilgrims have all been up before 6am. We, at least me is starving, why is dinner at 8, bedtime is at 8. Al is like, you can’t change the countries time, hello, this is not a public hotel , it is a pilgrim hotel, we, the guest are pilgrims, cater to us. Honestly we are hostages, there is no other place to eat, it is now 9:04, no food, only bread. I have allready just about finished the wine, we have all ordered, where’s the food? I have to be asleep soon.
Okay back to what I want to write about, I was telling Al how it’s no big deal getting to Santiago tomorrow, and I started to tear up, I’m doing it again writing this. This has been so huge for us. Today while walking, I told Al this was like a giant month long couples retreat. Where we learn to be a team player.
So what I learned is that my husband loves me unconditionally . He would literally do anything for me. if he us carrying 25 pounds on his back, and is hurting him just like mine is hurting me, he will still carry my 25 pounds too. He is phenomenal to me! I cried again!
What I have learned about me is that I am stronger than I think but that I still need others. I do not have to do it all alone. Other things I allready knew, I’m quick tempered, but also quick to say sorry.
Anyway, about tomorrow, I really have nothing to say about that except the journey couldn’t have been done without all of you.
Getting the time off, to Jan and the board Ed., Bill and Beth and Tonya. Tonya who is my partner at work, who was willing to work alone for 6 weeks in my absence. Thank you.
My family, without parents at home, this is a big one. My kids are incredible, Megan cleaning out the chickens cages for me, I know that’s not a fun job. Jozy, checking on my turkeys. Zac, mowing the lawn. There was so much to keep track of and to do in our absence, I think our kids now know how much we really do. They all pitched in and worked it out together, which is also good. Kasarah working full time, college and helping, thank you. Chanel and Hans, you have all that stuff going on and you still helped. Aj, Arlene and Jenna all working to keep the house in order, thanks again. UB, Brian, you know you are our other set of hands, so many times have you come through for us, what would we do with out you, I can’t imagine our life without you involved in it.

Thank you also to our online supporters, those of you reading this, some I know, thanks Mom for the prayers and well wishes. Some of you I don’t know, thank you as we’ll, your comments lifted our spirits and your prayers were felt. We are just 15km away from our goal, we have been walking for 30 days, rain or shine.
Anyway, no Finis Terri, just can’t do it. We decided maybe by bus, we will see.
Until then,
be well.

9 comments on “The last day, Santiago in the morning!

  1. Well Dor and Al, your long walk is just about over. I have read your blog everyday and so have several people at my work. Your pictures have been truly remarkable, it’s like we were walking right there with you but our legs or backs don’t hurt. Enjoy your last few days of your “Big Adventure”. In a few days you will be back home. Taking care of your family as well as your animals and your vacation will be a wonderful memory that you can look back on with pride. So I raise a glass of Sangria and toast both of you committment and encourament you have given to each other and for the inspiration you have given me.

    Love and prayers to both of you, Col

  2. Tonya says:

    You writing about Allen made me tear up too. You two are the best together. I am really glad that you guys got some alone time together. Now get back here! I am so excited to see you! Glad to hear that your house is still in one piece.

  3. Bill & Nancy says:

    Wow what a adventure nicely done congratulations have a safe trip home

  4. Pat Baker says:

    What an amazing accomplishment! You both should be so proud of yourselves. I know that all of your family and friends are! Have a safe journey home. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed seeing your pictures. They were great!
    Pat

  5. Ken says:

    You made it, you don’t know how much money this going cost me in paying off all the bets. Oh nothing , no one bet you would make it all the way. You got us all, congratulation on your grand accomplishment! It is truly an amazing feat to do the pilgrim walk! God Bless!

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