AC Hotel Ponferrada by Marriott
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... iron cross on top. The significance of this point is that it has been an ancient monument since the time of the Celts and also the Romans. It has been a Christian site since the 9th century and pilgrims have been visiting this site since that time. There is a pilgrim tradition to leave a stone here, perhaps one from home or from other travels. This stone represents your burdens and you leave the stone on the hilltop along with those burdens. ...
... old! So, I decided to pretend I was 10 again. While I didn't hop, skip, and jump over the rocks, I could certainly remember Craig, Tonya, Karen, and I would have done it just way.
We stopped for a late breakfast, early lunch in Molenesca at 10:30. This was the prettiest little town. Ancient and new, totally refurbished, it almost could have been part of Disney's Epcot Center. We stopped at the first cafe over the picturesque stone bridge because ...
... abandoned. Today we had the option for Fair Trade coffee, and yet just a few days ago we rode for hours anxious to see any opportunity to buy anything at all!!
We continually see ads in English, and if there was music playing at a cafe, it is typically in English ... yet most service staff don't speak English. It's an interesting environment.
We are getting to the western border of Castilla Y Leon, and the food is starting to change ... in a good way. Lentil ...
... leisurely breakfast (ran into Susan) and took a taxi to O'Cebreiro. On the way up, my taxi stopped to pick up Susan's backpack; she had decided to ride a horse up the steepest part of the climb. She tried to convince me to join her but I decided against it as I don't need a whole new group of muscles angry with me! O'Cebreiro sits atop a mountain and the views are simply spectacular! The guys arrived by early afternoon ...
... were treated to a hearty breakfast at a local eatery. From Rabinal del Camino, the road climbs another 350 m in 6.9 km (ouch), and you end up at the Camino landmark, the Cruz de Ferro. This is where pilgrims leave a rock they have brought from home to symbolize leaving their troubles behind or reflecting on the purpose of their journey. I leave a tiny rock I have transported ...