The Man Who Thinks He Can
by Walter D. Wintle (given to me by my husband, John)

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

Cathedral of Santiago
Pilgrim Passport
Pilgrim Passport,
Distance Certificate: 799K,



Fellow pilgrims on the Camino: Bettina in SJPP and Orrison , Linda from Cincinnati (broke out in hives she was so nervous) and Mary from Kansas City,  Keith in SJPP, George and Kay from Ireland, Cara from Germany, David and his dad Gerard from Ireland, Takashi from Japan, Ellen, Kathy (both from San Francisco), Tamara from Austria, Ellie, Anna, Wendy, Dennis from Quebec, Morgan (Christian who had emotional  affair), Mekah, Annette and her cousin, Leonardo from Brazil, Mark from Colorado, Paulina  and her dog Romina, Claud and Loraine from Canada who I met on day 20, Brigitte from France, Marie and Katia from Slovenia, Fatima and Marie, Jacqueline and Robert, Claus from Germany, Jenny from Maine, Tony from UK, Rick from Georgia (DOD in Germany), Steve and Matt who had served in the military and their comrade Sara, 3 Colorado girls, Linda from NYC, Jenny who I walked into Burgos with on Day 13, Michi from Japan, Becca from Tallahassee on day  14, two bike riders from LA, Maria from Switzerland, Francisco from Italy, Deck and John from Ireland and their comrades Emily from Australia and Kelly from San Francisco, Bill and Gary from Canada, Mick and Jenny from Australia, Nick who lost his boots on Day 14 and is fundraising for for brain cancer, Becca from Florida, Janet from Sanibel, Charlotte and Kevin from London, three college students in Molinaseca who helped me order my meal, PJ from Nova  Scotia, Allison and Linda from New Zealand, Marji on day 30,  Steve, Matt, Sara, April, Kathy, and male friend on day 34 in Melide, Britta from Australia, Mero from Croatia, Jin from Korea, Dominick, Justin from Australia.





28 thoughts on “Santiago!

  1. Congrats Kathy! Am so happy for you! Thanks for sharing this amazing journey, it’s like I was still walking with you!



    1. Thank you Justine. I hope the Camino helped to give you some clarity on what the future looks like for you. It is clear you are a very bright, hardworking individual who wants to make the world a better place. I would love it if you kept me abreast on what the future brings. My email is


  2. Victorious in heart, mind, and spirit !!
    Praise the Lord! Got to see that passport!
    Love you 😘 Sally


  3. What a wonderful journey and amazing feat. You last post hit home that John sent to you! I am passing it on to my brother who is fighting a long illness.
    I will miss your daily blog.
    Rest and take all the memories home! Congratulations Kathy, you are an inspiration!


  4. CONGRATULATIONS!! So excited for you. Thanks so much for taking me along through your photos and words!


  5. Kathy,
    What a mix of feelings you must have — thankful for the experiences you had and the people you met; sad that it’s over, glad that it’s over, and hopefully very proud of what you have accomplished. Travel safely home,
    Suzanne Buchanan


  6. Congratulations Kathy – what an awesome feeling it must be to have completed such a rigorous adventure!!


  7. Will try again to send a comment on your blog instead of email. Kathy, I am so very, very proud of you !!!! You have done what to me is the impossible—- you have walked every step of the way and you have really never complained. What a great lady you are and a role model for all!!! I love you! Mom


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