After a quick morning bus ride, we were able to take in our final day on the Spanish coast! Muxia exceeded our expectations with a beautiful harbor area, path along the water, and a monumental hill on one end of the town with expansive ocean views.
It was early afternoon as we found ourselves clambering to the top of aforementioned hill. We sat on the rocky outcrop with the sun beating down on us and a mild wind swishing our hair about our faces. For an hour we sat in this way–no other people in sight, no noise, just sitting and watching the white capped water crash against rocks and move through the bay. Both of us took a deep breath and realized that this moment felt like the end of the Camino. Not when we got off the trail, not when we were scurrying from pharmacy to health center to pharmacy, but here and now as we sat in the quiet and took in the fact that we had just walked the length of a country, from end to end.
After all the diabetes “adventures” along the trail, Jeanie cruised through our final afternoon of cafe chit-chat with steady levels. Since obtaining the insulin pen needles yesterday at the Finisterre city health center, Jeanie has been right on track with her blood glucose. It has been awhile since she has had to self-calculate her insulin dosages, but it has helped to be in a more predictable setting without the high physical strain of 20+ mile days on the trail! As afternoon turned to evening, we headed back to the road that traced the coastline, and passed by a historical church right near the water’s edge. Muxia is famous for its iconic sunsets, and we sat on a wall looking out at the water from first pastel tinges until the sky grew darker, the colors deeper, and then finally gave way to the grey black of night.
The next day we would begin the bustle of taxis, trains, and planes that would bring us home. Life as we knew it before the Camino would begin again, but as Jeanie likes to say, part of the magic will be taking the Camino home with us. It may not look like eight hours of walking a day, but Jeanie is even more motivated to continue speaking messages of encouragement into the lives of individuals affected by diabetes, to remind people that life is as big as they make it, and sometimes that includes walking across a country with type 1 diabetes.
Thank you so much for joining on our journey, your support and encouragement has meant the world to both of us! For further information regarding travel and diabetes, please visit http://www.DiabetesTravel.org, our recently released information and resource site. If you would like to support this specific initiative you can do so by donating at the Sansum.org homepage and indicating “T1D Trekking” in the field titled “in honor of.”