The Camino requires courage, determination, and resiliency, but you will be amply rewarded with a sense of accomplishment, with a deeper knowledge and understanding of Spain’s culture and history, and with countless opportunities to “be in the moment”. You will undoubtedly experience great beauty and joy. – Susan Alcord.
I left Reabnal about 7 and started the ascent to La Cruz de Ferro. It is a cross on the Camino, located between the town of Foncebadon and Manjarin. It consists of a wooden pole about 15 feet high topped with an iron cross. At the base, a mound of stones has been forming over the years. The tradition is to throw a stone on the pile brought from your place of origin. It was incredible to be at this spot with people from all over the world and share picture taking together. It was here I met Deck and John from Ireland, Eileen from San Francisco and Kelly from Australia. They are a hodge podge group that has been traveling together. We stopped about two hours after the Cruz de Ferro in Acebo for a break and a bite to eat. From there, the terrain was very treacherous to my destination of Molinasceca but I made it. The town is beautiful with a great swimming hole that has been made from a damed-up river. So many people were enjoying the afternoon and I was able to get a spot at a restaurant right on the cusp of the water. I met three young people from Madrid, Austria, and Italy who were traveling together. The young man from Madrid was so kind to help me translate the menu so I could order some absolutely delicious food! They are all three studying at University College London. From there, I went to the stream where you can soak your feet in the cool water. I ran into Kevin and Charlotte who I met yesterday, Day 25, and we chatted and soaked our feet in the cool water. As I was leaving I ran into Deck and John from Ireland! I suspect I will see them tomorrow or the next day for sure. Today, the last 4 hours were really tough. I have not walked on that kind of terrain yet but I made it! My toes hurt from the downhill pounding so think I will walk in sandals tomorrow.