How do we find our way across Spain? We cannot carry maps with enough detail to get us there. Because modern navigational tools, such as GPS, have only been available for a few years (and not all pilgrims have them), a good simple system was needed. There are two symbols that mark the Camino. The shell and the yellow arrow. A simple arrow is a universal symbol. The shell is more specifically related to this walk, and it's meaning is twofold. First, in ancient times the pilgrims who walked this path often went all the way to the coast - the end of earth as it was known then - thus the name Finisterre. They would take a shell back home as a momento of the journey. The second reason the shell has come to represent the Camino is related to the map of Spain. When the various paths to Santiago are drawn on the map, the country actually resembles a shell. As we have walked the first part of our Camino we have seen many signs pointing us west, here are a few of our favorites.
We are feeling good and are finding the challenges worthwhile.