Hotel el Castillo
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- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Hot tub
- High-speed internet in room (free)
- Breakfast Available
- Smoking rooms available
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Today was a monumental day in the course of the Camino. We walked from Rabanal del Camino over the Irago Mountains to Ponferrada.
The day started damp with a fine mist and fog as we began our ascent to the highest point of the Camino at Cruz Ferro. We walked along wooded paths dotted with small shrubs and beautiful wildflowers. Cruz Ferro …
... checking in drainage pipes as I walked past them just in case the missing pilgrim was lying there. But I got to the outskirts of Rabanal without any drama, just before the heavens opened with a huge storm. We are high up here, so the possibility of a lightning strike is also a concern. Just before the village the path veered through some woods where many pilgrims have threaded home made crosses through the wire fence. It went on for about ½ mile and was very special. ...
... news bulletins advising women not to walk alone were issued but hey I don't know Spanish. Yes I was aware and I felt scared, a few of us had discussed this and felt we should not be stopped from doing what had been a safe way for hundreds of years. I must admit the remaining 20 Klms to Rabanal through this section late afternoon with no one around had me walking much quicker than usual and on high alert but when I arrived at the albergue in Rabanal to see Margot ...
... the difference between him being able to do it or not, then I don't have a problem with it. The other group of travelers who attract criticism are the cyclists and one for later discussion but I find myself not as sympathetic to their cause.
A further 2kms along sees me reach the "Cruz de Ferro"( Iron Cross) and has become one of the abiding symbols of The Way of St James. Pilgrims pause here to reconnect with the purpose of their journey before adding ...
... on a wheelchair thru the Camino. Among the many topics that we talked about, I did manage to make sure James knew the difficult position in which he puts us (every husband) with this display of love. :) Topping this is a reach to say the least! Remarkable display off inspiration as well!! (And I was complaining because my leg hurt, boohoo me right?) By the way, James's backpack weighted around 45 pounds at the beginning. Still today, it tipped the scale at ...