Managed the climb to the highest point on Camino in the heat and sunshine. It was hard and beautiful and hot and lovely.
We are spending the night at O’Cebriero at the peak in order to see the sunrise.
What a difference the day makes. Last Camino, O’Cebriero was socked in with fog. Today it is glorious.
Sugarcane, cherries, peaches, and grapes. I love the Bierzo region. -Mark
1) Momentarily sheltering from the hail.
2) “Laundering" money.
Well that was exciting. Went 20.3mi today and didn’t feel it. Was too focused on dodging the hail and lightening bolts. Seriously, it was a pretty spectacular storm here in the mountains before O’Cebriero.
Got totally soaked and laughed at the insanity of hiking in this weather like it was something quite normal.
Had a great day overall.
The journey down from Mt Irago -Mark
An iron cross at the top of Mt Irago has stood since before the year 1100. Traditionally modern pilgrims carry a stone along their journey that represents a burden they bear. At the foot of the cross they leave their burden and continue on their journey.
Allison and I were privileged once again to participate in this tradition.
Fun on the way up the mountain to Foncebadon
1) Cowboy bar at El Ganso
3) Cowpoke Allison
4) Look closely
5) The view from Foncebadon
Two misc shots
1) Town hall meeting with some folks in traditional Maragato costume.
2) Anew use for my hat while collecting laundry.
The Astorga Cathedral and Gaudi “Bishop’s Palace”
The inside of the bishops palace was amazing.