El Camino: Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca

Today’s Trek: Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca

Today started well with a great breakfast and an early start in the trail. I think everyone walking on our schedule might have been. Little more excited today than other days because we would be walking past the Cruz de Ferro.

Most of have been carrying a rock or pebble from our homes to drop off at the foot of this cross, symbolic of releasing ourselves from the sins we have committed.

As we approached people took turns going up to deliver their stones and take pictures. Many became quite emotional. Others were there simply because it is the highest point on the trail; yes, higher than Orisson in the Pyrenees.

After a bit we began walking in earnest knowing our day would be long. We climbed down rocky, uneven trails that slowed me to a crawl.

I caught up with Judy at the ten mile mark in El Acebo. After a feeding frenzy we forced ourselves up to conquer 6 more miles. Almost everyone else were finished for the day.

We walked at a better pace and found more ups and steep rocky downs. There might have been some complaining but we managed.

As we left the mountain path and found ourselves on city streets. As we approached pilgrims sat enjoying meals and beverages along the river banks. We alas, knew we had to go to the end of town to find our accommodations!

But we made it. It was a tough day emotionally and physically. But we made it.

It’s simply amazing.

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Siempre pa’ adelante!

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About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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One Response to El Camino: Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca

  1. hikeminded says:

    This was my favorite part of the Camino 🙂

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