We opened the morning with a treacherous few miles along a highway. What would morning be without our daily dose of semi-trucks?! (Just kidding). We debated over the location of our turnoff, before coming to the general consensus that, no matter where it was, we had missed it. We weren’t sure whether to move forward or back, and ended up locating a spot further on the map where the trail supposedly crossed the highway again.
We continued on for another 20 to 30 minutes and, after waddling a 50 yard stretch while straddling a drainage ditch, we were able to drop over the edge of the highway onto the pathway which crossed the road via tunnel. As we plopped onto the trail from above, imagining a more graceful entrance than we probably made, we brushed off the bewildered stares of other hikers and instead chose to celebrate with long whoops of joy!
We continued on, ecstatic to be on the trail again, witnessing a stunning sunrise, and within a day of our final destination of Santiago! Every marker counting down the kilometers sent shivers of joy along our spines.
As afternoon hit, we found our hostel, showered, and went out for our customary early dinner, and then made our customary empty-stomached return, everywhere telling us that they would not open to serve dinner until 8. Hours, and possibly decades later, 8 o’ clock arrived and we enjoyed an awesome dinner with two other travelers from the US. We enjoyed conversation into the evening and now only have a quick 6 miles in the morning to cruise into Santiago!! After the last 28 days, we can’t believe we will be entering our destination city. In many ways it feels like our departure was so long ago, maybe in part because of the physical distance from which we left St. Jean last month. Our minds are buzzing with thoughts and excitement and the unknown of what this journey will continue to mean. But for now the part we do know is that tomorrow is Santiago, and for now, that is enough.