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Published: October 15th 2016
We arrived at 2.30pm and are settled into a very nice Alburgue . We have 6 beds in our room so that's less snoring, hopefully.
I walked out of Foncebadón into the darkness at about 7.40, after a nice breakfast of coffee, mini croissant , and toast. I enjoyed the rocky ascent to the Cruz de Ferro and there was a steady stream of torch or headlights winding their way to the peak. It's the highest part of the Camino and appropriately so. When I arrived there was just a couple of Koreans, they're everywhere, so I placed my stones and continued on my way.
It started to rain a little,( or was it moisture from the clouds we were passing through), so I waited until Manjarin, where I ponchoed up. It didn't last long and we made our way along a roadside and commenced a steep downhill walk. Once off the road, the paths were atrocious; very rocky, descending quickly into the village of Acebo. Had a coffee and cupcake, a short break, and continued on this rubbish until the next village, Riego de Ambros. Continuing straight through, Molinaseca was our next stop.
While there were still
Steve Climbing The Cruz de Ferro
It was quiet this year so I placed my stones, took a moment to look around and take it all in, and started the walk out of the mountains. This is the highest place on the Camino, at 1505 metres.
a few treacherous sections, the majority of this walk was through a nice green scented valley. Native mint, lavender and other herbs offer a nice experience after the bland paths we experienced after Manjarin.
Ponferrada was our goal for the day and you walk along roadsides all the way. A bit dull but a means to an end. As mentioned, we booked in to our Alburgue and went into town to explore the Castle. Last time we had to keep going and missed out on an interesting treat. Aftper the Castle I went looking for a bit of a Templar book for Archie but, unless he's picked up some Spanish since I've been gone, no deal.. Maybe a few gifts should wait until the end.
Anyway, it's dinner time and I've found a pizza place that doesn't just reheat mass produced products so it could be a plan. Lots of pics; the Internet is great here. Adios
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