Finisterre, the equation, a beautiful Camino is finished

For the past month or so everyone I know on the camino journey has had something to do and something to look forward to every single day. Sometimes I wake up and the first thing I say to yours truly is; “today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

You can choose to do anything you want with your life. All that is needed is that first step.

Feeling hurt, sad, dejected, in dire straits, like the world has finally come down on you with a vengeance; and you are now on the receiving end.

Say those words above every morning to your self like you really mean them; I guarantee it – if you ignite a passion in you the fire will not easily go out.

Ever since I was young boy an old voyager soul chose to guide my life towards the sea. At one point I became obsessed totally with everything about the sea, the ocean and the boating life.

In medieval days I would’ve been working my way up to a Ships Captain and possibly with the desire to explore and conquer new lands – for the good of the crown, of course.

Such was the obsession that this old mariner soul told me that I needed to sail around the world.

Why, still I know not why.

So when the sailing around the world life long dreams did not materialize – I felt like a part of me was still left incomplete.

Today, after reaching the end of the world by foot and seeing the ocean for the first time after so many days of walking; I once again feel complete, whole again.

There is no desire left to cross oceans left in me. I find that my path for years to come is firmly rooted on land.

Two of the three.

1. Something to do

2. Something to look forward to.

The third part of the equation is someone to love. Waiting for me back home.

Simply said – our Peregrino life evolved around walking the Camino to Santiago.

Some of the more unfortunate Peregrinos either ran out of time or their body simply said enough. Stop. You are killing me. Time to go home to heal.

And now that the Camino is over and the ones with Compostela in hand; what do we do now?

For some not wanting the journey to be over there is Finisterre, the obvious answer. For others?

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

And so what is the answer when the something to do and the something to look forward to days are done?

That my friends means that it is time to begin planning for a new adventure.


Buen Camino


3 thoughts on “Finisterre, the equation, a beautiful Camino is finished

  1. Hello Ralph:

    This is Greg, your riding buddy from our Baja trip in February. I’ve been following your blog. What an incredible journey you’ve just finished. Congratulations! You’ve got me (more than) half thinking I should do it myself.

    “Something to do, something to look forward to, someone to love”. This has become my new life motto. I’ve printed it off and hung it on my wall. Thank you for this.

    So what’s your next adventure? I’m back in Connecticut after two months. Now that I’ve ridden my NC700X around Baja, I’m thinking up stepping up to a real adventure bike, and I’ve narrowed it down to a BMW F800GS or a Triumph Tiger 800 XCx. I can rent them both in the LA area, and I’m thinking of flying back out your way in the next few months and renting them both for a week or so, to help me decide which one to buy. When I come out, if you have the time, it would be great to get together for some riding.

    Welcome home.

    Greg Thompson


    1. Great to hear from you. Sitting in a Madrid cafe now. The BMW 800 are two great dirt bike rider friends preference. And since I had an F650GS I can vouch that this is one well built capable bike. Buen Camino. Looking forward to seeing you as well.


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