My brother Bob and his 21yr old son Rupert today walked into Santiago.
They made it!
Today on their last stage they walked from Arzura, some 40kms.
I’m so proud of them both. It took them 31 days in total – without a rest day.
They did hardly any training (although my brother swears about the benefits of doing 300 squats a day beforehand!), and both were harbouring previous medical and health issues.
Interestingly, it was not my interest in the Camino that spurred them to do the pilgrimage. Rupert watched The Way, then urged my brother to watch it, and that’s what got them thinking that maybe they should do it together – as father and son, just like in the movie.
So right now they’ re in a Santiago restaurant bingeing out on paella.
They deserve it!
Awesome Bill! Gives me goosebumps!
Yes Kathryn, I must admit I had tears in my eyes when I got my brother’s text…
Congratulations to them both. Weather was not as kind to them, then to you or myself. Ingrid
Hi Ingrid – no, I think they had some gnarly weather from Leon on – but up until then they had a good run. In fact it was unseasonably hot. But the Camino threw the full gamut of weather at them, it seems!!
I guess the smiles says it all!! 🙂
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congratulations and what about finisterra ? wonderful place tio finish really.
Hey Marie – from what I’ve heard, they’ve both said they never want to take another step again. And certainly not on the Camino! I remember saying the same thing to myself when I finished, and it wasn’t three days later that I saw a pilgrim walking the Portuguese Camino, and I longed to be back on that track again!
Congratulations to them!
Thank you Clare. I know they check in here from time to time so I know they will very much appreciate your congrats. I hope it’s all ok with you now you’re back in Australia, prematurely…
Hi Bill – terrific news! What an exceptional experience for a father and a son to have together. It will be something they’ll hold in their hearts for the longest time.
Hey Jenny – yes, I’m looking forward to talking to my brother and get a full debrief of how it all went. Although I suspect he and his son won’t have full clarity for quite a few months to come! (Good seeing you today. That lunch was SPECTACULAR!!)
Hi Bill – I’m sure that the Camino will work its magic in a multitude of different ways once they’re back home.
Cheers about the lunch! It was fun, wasn’t it! GREAT to see you and Jen. Safe travels to the US today.