Foncebadón to Ponferrada
- Friday, 10 April 2015
After a great breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs and fried bread at the local shop I set out for the Cruz de Ferro, reaching it just before sunrise. It turned out to be pointless arriving at sunrise as there was a thick blanket of fog and even if it was a dear day it would have been impossible to actually see the sun rise from the Cruz as it is surrounded by trees! The Cruz also turned out to be something of an anticlimax.
One thing that didn’t dissapoint though, was the walk to Ponferrada, the scenery was stunning for much of the way. The past couple of days has seen more and more flowers blooming and the leaves on many of the trees are beginning to unfurl.
About 12 of our multi-national group turned up at the same albergue so in the evening so together with Che we cooked Korean egg soup and Coq au vin.
Astorga to Foncebadón
- Wednesday, 08 April 2015
León to Villar de Mazarif
- Monday, 06 April 2015
Why some pilgims wake up and start getting ready at 5:15 in the morning is beyond me, especially when the convent are handing out a free breakfast at 7:00.
Today we walked just 22.2 km, 23.4 when factoring in the climbs and arrived in Villar de Mazariffe at 12:30 pm.
Along the way today we came across a guy giving away free food, coffee and fresh orange juice to passing pilgrims, donations only, which really cool!
The landscape is starting to get a little more hilly as we approach Astorga, which I expect to reach tomorrow. From where I am now to Astorga is about 32 km. My blisters are healing well, as is my right leg. However I am a bit concerned about the latter, 32km is a long way and the path is becoming more hilly. Downhill is the worse.
We are cooking ourselves this evening and a few friends have turned up in the abergue so it will be a great evening I am sure. I have made a white bean cassolette and will also make a simple tomato salade with some large greenish tomatoes we managed to get.
León day 2
- Sunday, 05 April 2015
Although last night’s curfew was was midnight instead of the usual 22:00 I was in bed well before then. Today we have moved to a convent just off of a really beautiful old square, where the curfew is a respectable 22:30. This is not as daft as it may sound when you tend to wake up and leave really early.
Tomorrow I will probably move on to Villar de Mazarife, and will take the more scenic of two possible routes.
Thankfully for some, this vast flat region will become a thing of the past as the terrain becomes more mountainous again as the path climbs towards Cruz de Ferro and then on to O’Cebreiro in Galicia(!) and beyond, but first Astorga which I hope to reach in two days time by and feet allowing.
Because I am staying for two days in León to rest my leg and foot, some friends are now one full day or more ahead of me, while others are still one or more days behind me. Every day I meet new people, sometimes there is a chemistry, but not always. This mornings farewell with one fellow pilgrim was particularly difficult I think, especially for her as she was torn between staying a second day in León or moving on with two other companions.