Today I started on the hardest part of the Camino, which will last until I reach Santiago, and hopefully beyond. I set out alone today and covered the first 22 km in about 3.5 hours.
I must admit that as I approach the Cruz de Feiro I have my moments, which is why I prefer to be alone. Tomorrow I will try to reach the Cruz at sunrise.
Once past Rabanal del Camino the path begins to rise as it changes from a dirt lane to a mountain path. I walked the last 6 km. at a very leasurely pace covering the distance in two hours, pausing a couple of times along the way. The second stop in particular was really nice with views accross the mountains.
The village I am staying in tonight is in a complete state of decay, with most of the houses in ruins. The albergue itself is also quite something, I am sitting in front of a log fire as I write this. Yes, it’s a wee bit nippy outside!