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Foncebadón

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    • Day 30

      Cruz de Ferro - the iron cross

      July 22 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

      The most powerful part of the day was arriving at the iron Cross, where literally millions of pilgrims since the 9th/10th century have been leaving a rock at this point in a ritual that has been occurring for centuries. There are various reasons why someone leaves a stone. I wasn’t sure what my reason would be but while on the Camino it became very apparent to me. You can listen to my reason at the link below.

      What was so moving to me was to watch my brothers, who all had rocks with different meanings to leave, make the ritual their own. We all participated in our own, separate and quiet way. I felt connected to them and the people who have come before me in a special way. It is amazing how many stories are represented by all the stones.

      My stone is for my marriage to Mary: https://youtu.be/pT4wcF0p4qc?feature=shared

      In addition to my stone I also dropped a stone that Mary’s sister, Geri, asked me to place at the cross.
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    • Day 22

      Foncebadon

      July 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

      Arrived in Foncebadon, the highest point on the Camino Frances, 1510 meters, (lots of uphill walking today- but not too tough, our legs just seem to do it.😊), and we've begun our 10 day countdown to Santiago! It's beautiful, cool, and relaxing up here.
      A few words about food: in the morning, if the albergue has a kitchen, we fix coffee and musceli in the microwave, if not, we walk about 7k and stop at a bar for coffee, fresh squeezed OJ, and tortilla, (layers of egg, cheese, and potato). Along the walk, we eat fruit, hard boiled eggs, Napolitanos, (croissant with chocolate filling). Upon arriving, we usually have a beer and toast to our efforts of the day. 🍻For dinner, we get the Pilgrim meal offered by the albergue. For 13 Euros, we get a mixed salad or soup, a meat dish, dessert, and wine. Nothing too fancy, but it tastes good and fills our bellies!👍🏼Random photos along the way, showing the dramatic change in scenery; check out the Italian guy who hauled this trailer contraption, pulled by his bike, all the way up the mountain!; Disclaimer- no cats were disturbed in the taking of this photo.😂 Love to you all!❤️
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    • Day 20

      (Ascending) to Foncebadón

      August 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      After a few kilometers of uphill and somewhat hasty uses of shade, I am in Foncebadón. My bed feels soft and the mountain air wafts smells of a nearby campfire into the room.

      The best part is the shower. It’s a normal shower, all right, but positioned under a large ceiling window that turns the whole experience into an outdoor event without the exposure. I really didn’t want to leave the lukewarm water and cold mountain wind combination.

      Now I am headed across the street to take an early (7:30 is very early in this part of the country) dinner at the vegetarian place and maybe suck down a glass of tinto di verano for dessert.

      Tomorrow morning it’s an early rise again to see the sun come up at the Cruz de Ferro.
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    • Day 21

      Cruz de Ferro

      August 6, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      The Cruz was moved in the 80s to get it closer to the tour bus stop, but the original has been here since before the Camino (and, as a heap of rocks since before Christianity).

      The following 9 kilometer are steeply downhill until El Acebo, where I am posting this from, drinking Cola Zero and eating way too much.Read more

    • Day 23

      Foncebadón, and decisions to make

      August 14, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      I checked in at the Albergue del Convento. For dinner I ate an avocado and crackers I had with me.
      Yesterday I made a comment, that I was on track to complete the walk early, but didn't want it to end. There are a couple of things I can do about that:
      1. Switch to the Camino de Invierno, which is very scenic and a few days longer, and/or
      2. After Santiago, keep walking to Finisterre and/or Muxia.
      I am tempted to do the Invierno because I know the standard Camino Francés gets very busy in the last 100k. The problem with that is that I wouldn't want to be in the middle of a crowd, and it may get difficult to find accommodation without prior booking.
      The challenge of the Invierno is that, since it's not too frequented, there is less infrastructure and accommodation can also be difficult but for different reasons. I still have at least another day to make up my mind. I put some questions on the Forum to help me decide.
      Ideally, I would like to go to Finisterre too, and if I can maintain the current rhythm, both extensions are doable.
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    • Day 24

      Cold morning

      August 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      I heard before that Foncebadón is a cold place, so it didn't surprise me. I started the walk with a jacket on, for the first time. It was 10°C and my hands were freezing.
      I was walking alone and all of a sudden I saw Jinjoo! She walked 30k yesterday and started very early today, both big efforts.
      She was with a Korean friend and we walked together to Cruz de Ferro.
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    • Day 24

      Cruz de Ferro

      August 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      This is a milestone in the Camino, and one of the highlights of the day.
      There's a tradition, where people bring a stone from their hometown and visualise all their troubles as being transferred to the stone, and they leave it at the foot of the cross - leaving their troubles behind. I didn't do it, because I don't believe in those things and it wouldn't have been authentic. Plus, I don't have any troubles! 🤣
      Seriously, it's very common for people to ask why you're doing the Camino. Many are searching for answers, or a purpose in life, or to resolve or forget certain problems. I am very grateful that I don't have any problems and am very happy with my life.
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    • Day 26

      Day 26

      September 18, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      This morning’s walk started off freezing cold, for the first hour I seriously thought I should have put tights on.. I’d even have worn hat and gloves if I’d had them to hand!!
      Soon afterwards it started to warm up, and actually became really quite hot.
      It’s fair to say I absolutely loved it today, the route headed up into the mountains and it was constant climbing the whole time.. actually finished at 1440 meters ( 4725 foot ) the scenery was amazing, the sky was blue ( my stomach had stopped hurting ) and I was going uphill.. yes!!!!
      I passed so many people today, Henry, who I said goodbye to, as he’s heading back home on the train tomorrow.. Bianca, who gave me a pilgrims card .. apparently the card you choose is the one that speaks to you and that’s why you pick that particular one.. mine was “ choose wisely “ I’ll put a picture on..
      Chloe and Ben, who were sat halfway up a climb and offered me a biscuit as I passed … the two Italian guy’s who say “ beep beep “ every time they see me ( even in a restaurant!! ) after christening me the roadrunner in the first week. I even had another Spanish guy on a mountain bike shout “ Isle of Man, Isle of Man “ give me a thumbs up and a high five!!
      A couple of my regulars got a taxi today as they’d been struggling and decided today’s wasn’t a good idea for them.
      I do admit to being a bit distracted at times, msging Steve to see how Hannah was doing in the E2E… Wowsa.. what an absolute star ⭐️ I’m so proud of you 🥰
      I’d been led to believe that this wasn’t a great place to stay and looked more like a village that had been bombed and abandoned… to be fair it kind of does, but it’s now been rebuilt amongst the original buildings and I’ve really enjoyed my stay here… helped by the lady offering to do my laundry!! I could have hugged her!!
      I will never again take for granted, or think using a washing machine is a chore…..
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    • Day 27

      Day 27

      September 19, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Today is the first day I’ve started with my warm coat on!!
      It was an absolutely gorgeous morning with an equally gorgeous sunrise.. I apologise for a possible overload of sunrise sky pictures..
      It was a surprisingly fabulous ( those of you who know, know how much I hate and am rubbish going downhill ) walk today, even if over 3 1/2 hours of it was over pretty tricky steep downhill!!
      It was just fabulous first thing on the final 3km climb to the top, and if there was a moment of feeling at one with everything, it was then.. an unexpected, but amazing moment.. enough said!!!
      Yes!!! The downhill was steep in places, very stony and tricky in places, but . I loved it,. and my knees were fine..also probably the first time ever I’ve been going downhill for hour’s overtaking people rather than being overtaken 😂
      I did meet one poor guy on a mountain bike.. well, on the ground, twice!! I think he had more trouble with the descent than me😳
      I’m still trying to get used to everything and everywhere being closed from 14.30 - 17.30 on the days I don’t need a Nana nap!!
      My accommodation was easily found and is fab.. possibly time to go for a beer now before dinner..
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    • Astorga to Foncebadon

      September 24, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

      We loved the walk today because it was not flat and we could use different muscles. Foncebadon is a no-stop-sign town, last stop on the way to the famous Cruz de Hiero. BUT it has an amazing Pizza Parlor! We are staying at La Posada del Druida, which means something like a the resting place of the wizard. We have a big downhill tomorrow that everyone is warning us about. Ok… sleepy time!Read more

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