Santa Colomba de Somoza

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  • Day137


    July 16 in Spain

    We walked about 16 miles today in order to get to Foncebadón. We wanted to be close to our hike up to Cruz de Ferro in the morning, so only rested in Rabanal and then climbed up to here. I told Alan Foncebadón reminded me of a ski lift area without the lifts. We enjoyed the hike today through the oak trees and pines, ferns and vibrant heather. It kind of felt like home.🙂 It was steep at times, and my left Achilles is really feeling it now. I’m really hoping it feels better in the morning.

    On the way here we walked past a fence that people had used to place crosses made out of the wood found on the ground. The fence paralleled the path for about a kilometer and it was full of wooden crosses - big, little, and everything in between.

    Cruz de Ferro will be an early stop in our hike tomorrow. Cruz de Ferro is a place where pilgrims who have carried a pebble/rock from home deposit it here and ask for protection for the remainder of their journey. I have heard though, that there is more to this. Pilgrims have carried their rocks and put their wishes, hopes and dreams into them - miracles hoped for with open hearts.

    Both of us will remove our rocks from their cute little “stone packs” and leave them there.

    It is time now for me to take some ibuprofen, check on my blister (which did great today), and zonk out. Today wore me out. 😴😴😴

    150 miles to go.
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  • Day6

    22km today. Up to 1,500 metre height. Alternative route on the blue route through Castrillo de Polvazres.
    More to come! Tired now so will report back later!

    Walked with English John, Croatian Iva and Aussie Rodney today. Rodney could talk! John I've been with in the same hostel last 2 nights and Iva we met last night. We met and both thought it was epic are names are so similar sounding 😂 Faith!
    She lent me her spare stick today for the rocky climb and she's a spanish speaker too so I'm hanging on to her! We met with Gea in the hostel who stayed with us last night too.
    Early start tomorrow with John and Iva for sunrise at Cruz de Ferro.
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  • Day26

    Cruz de Fierro......

    June 15 in Spain

    Zeit zum Nachdenken und des Abschieds.....

    Zum ersten Mal richtig emotional gewesen und geheult wie ein Schlosshund.

    Danke Kristoff, danke für Dein sonniges Gemüt. Entschuldige, dass ich nicht mehr für Dich tun konnte.

    Ich hoffe Dir geht's gut, wo auch immer Du jetzt bist.

    Machs gut.

  • Day28

    Highest point?

    July 16 in Spain

    So we climbed two peaks that claim to be the highest point on the camino. One is Cruz Ferro and the other is Pena de la Escorpia. Cruz Ferro is the place where pilgrims come with rocks or mementos from their home country to leave there. I brought a Petoskey Stone I picked up from my last visit to my mother's house near Alden, Michigan. This is the traditional place that is considered the highest.
    The geographic highest point was the next peak, Pena de la Escorpia. But it wasn't marked, so we guessed we had passed it about this point.
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  • Day25

    27km, in den Bergen.... wunderschöner Weg und wunderschöne alte Dörfer... eigentlich wollte ich noch etwas weiter, aber Foncebadón ist ein Platz zum Verweilen....

    Der Weg würde zudem kurzweilig durch Joanna aus den Niederlanden, wir hatten den Anstieg gemeinsam bestritten und uns danach ein Bierchen gegönnt.

    Foncebadón..... bis vor wenigen Jahren verlassen und verfallen.... insgesamt leben hier aktuell ca. 30 Einwohner. Ein Bergdorf... viele Ruinen, sehr viel Grün und jede Menge Kühe, Pferde und Hasen 😊

    Tatsächlich hatte ich die Gelegenheit mal wieder zu Zelten, es war herrlich, so friedlich. Direkt auf einer Kuhweide. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass Kühe so nachtaktiv sind..... ständig ging es hin und her, die Kuhglocken hielten mich wach und neugierig wie diese Tiere nunmal sind, kam ständig eine vorbei und musste nach dem Rechten schauen.....
    Trotzdem eine der schönsten Nächte bisher..... dazu noch ein herrlicher Sonnenaufgang.
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  • Day26

    Foncebadon 21 km

    September 25, 2017 in Spain

    Schön war es in der Messeta, jedoch habe ich heute gemerkt was ich vermisst habe. Wieder mal den Berg hochwandern bei schönstem Wetter, was wünscht sich der Jackobspilger noch mehr. Bin jetzt 2 km vor dem Chruz de Fierro, so das ich bei schönem Wetter den Sonnenaufgang geniessen kann.

  • Day34

    Rabanal to Acebo - 17.5 kms.

    October 25, 2017 in Spain

    A shorter walk today, but in the plan as it was mostly uphill and downhill, but more uphill. The trail made it challenging with large potatoes, eggs, softballs and just about everything else imaginable to walk on. Glad I only did about 10 miles or I would be exhausted.

    The scenery made it worthwhile though as I love the mountains and the views were very pretty. Could have been on the Blue Ridge Parkway except there are no wind turbines there yet. Perhaps in the future, but not now.

    First stop was a very small village for a glass of orange juice, then onward and upward as they say to the Cruz de Ferro (you should recall the scenes in The Way when all left something to release themselves of some of life's burdens). When I arrived I noticed a pilgrim (nationality shall not be mentioned as I am on a pilgrimage) walking all over the site taking numerous pictures. History suggests this to be a holy site where pilgrims leave a symbol of their burden that they want forgiveness for.

    So I continued and passed a structure that I can only figure missed the local zoning ordinances, but who knows.

    In the distance is a destination that I should reach tomorrow and I believe it is Ponferrada. I'll be sure when I arrive.

    A couple of interesting memorials that I captured. One could be an LL Bean boot advertisement, but I doubt it and the other, well, you make the call.

    Wish I could attach two more, but the limits of technology.

    I found a very nice and new albergue. For 45 euros, I got a private room with a shower in the room, dinner and breakfast. My laundry is being done by the staff as they only have the one washer and dryer so that will be done shortly. Dinner at 7 PM.

    Interesting how we develop habits and how quickly we do that. For example I can pack my backpack without looking as I know where everything goes...

    (it all goes into the big hole in the top...fooled you!). I also unroll my sleeping bag each day regardless of the arrangements (private room or albergue) and feel right at home (well, not quite like home, but you get the message). Rather sleep in my bag as I know that it has been sprayed with anti-bug juice and I should be safe from critters that roam at night.

    So here I am waiting for dinner and a stupid rooster thinks it's 5 am. What is wrong with the Spanish barnyard animals? Everyone knows that roosters cockle-doodle-do at daybreak and rest their voice the balance of the day. I'll probably sleep through my usual wakeup time with this rooster messing things up. His clock is really off.

    Dinner was delicious. A nice salad, chicken for the main course, then fruit for desert.

    Tomorrow, on the road again.
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  • Day24

    Rabanal del Camino

    June 22, 2017 in Spain

    Love love looove the tiny village I stopped in today, called Rabanal Also, I saw the start of some mountains!!
    The albergue where I am staying serves afternoon tea at 16:30 and we all ate together and had a group yoga session before bed. Love it ❤
    Ready to hike up a hill tomorrow💪
    Namaste 🙏

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