Pilgrimage from U.S. to eternal rest in Spain

Orense, Spain, May 6 (EFE).- Luiza Karner will make her last pilgrimage this week along the Way of St. James. That is how her husband described here this week the walk that he and his son will take to scatter the ashes of his late wife in the sea from Cape Finisterre, the end of a pilgrimage that began in Texas.

It was in 1990 when Houston resident Luiza Karner made her first unaccompanied pilgrimage to the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, site of the shrine to St. James the Greater.

For centuries and by different routes thousands of pilgrims have gone there every year from around the world to visit his tomb.

Luiza Karner traveled that path more than half a dozen times up to 2011.

Neither husband Garry Karner, a geologist by profession, nor her son Stephen ever made the pilgrimage with her. Now "is the last chance we have of doing it," her son said in Orense on Monday.

For that reason both will take a week to walk the 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the town of Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. They plan to arrive in the city of the apostle on May 14.

From there they will press on to Cape Finisterre, where they will scatter in the Atlantic Ocean the ashes of Luiza, who died in January 2012.

"It was her wish," said Garry, who was unable to find words to express how much his wife loved the pilgrimage.

In a span of 10 years Luiza immortalized in some 30,000 photos the feelings those trips inspired in her.

The photos provide a special, authentic portrayal of the Way of St. James through the eyes of someone who so often left her footprints along it, and will be exhibited next September at Rice University in Houston, a city with more than 200 pilgrims who meet regularly.