Archive for October, 2011

1900 Miles on One Galleon!

October 25, 2011
Cape Finisterre is sometimes said to be the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. However, this is not true, since Cabo da Roca, in Portugal, actually the westernmost point of Continental Europe, is about 16.5 km farther west. The name of Cape Finisterre, like that of Finistère in France, derives from the Latin name Finisterrae, which literally means "Land's End".

Cape Finisterre (Cape End-of-Earth) - Spain

You may like or not like what Columbus Day stands for. Some associate it with the demise of the native Indians culture, some see it as the start of civilization of the Americas, but in truth it just marks a very historical occasion worthy of celebration. At Mad Bomber® we look on the bright side of thing, and any reason to have a party or a public holiday is worthy of observing. We do what we do best is the soundest and most responsible possible way.

Regardless of political impact it made, on 12 October 1492 Christopher Columbus proved to the Western world that the earth was not flat and that the West coast of Spain was not the edge of the world, and yes, he was also the first person to get 1900 miles on one galleon….

Did you know that people still walk to the edge of the world? The Latin name Finisterrae literally means “Land’s End”, and  Cape Finisterreis a rocky cape on the west coast of Spain, on the edge of Europe. The people who walk there are the modern day pilgrims who walk the 500 mile El Camino de Santiagio de Compostella. It is a 4-6 week hike popular with old and young of all nationalities, some who do it for fun, some do it for spiritual and others do it for no reason other than to just do it. The religious part of the ‘pilgrimage’ officially ends at Santiago de Compostella, at a huge cathedral that allegedly houses the remains of St James the apostle. The pagans often continue the additionally 80 kilometers so they can say they walked to the edge of the world.

Now that we have reminded you of this wonderful adventure thanks to Columbus we hope we have inspired you to take out some time to exercise, not to do the 2000 mile plus Appalachian Trail or the Himalayan Annapurna Circuit that goes over 25000ft in elevation, but just put on a warm mad Bomber hat and go for a walk in the woods, knowing that one day you could go for a nice one month hike in Spain to repent your sins.