Tue 13 Oct - Day 29: Foncebadon to Ponferrada 25km
575km walked. 210km left to walk.
Wake up at 6am. Pack up, get yesterday's now dry washing from next to the boiler, breakfast and then off. Before sunrise.
Because Cruz de Ferro, that pile of rocks where you add your own rock, in front of a cross on top of a telegraph pole, is only 2km. And from a well informed source, that would be Deb who is onto her 3rd Camino, suggested that Cruz de Ferro at sunrise is quite a sight.
Cruz de Ferro is also on the second highest point of the Camino at 1505 meters. The highest point is some 8km later at 1515 meters although that was not marked from what I could see.
Here is me still half asleep in the bar...
Deb, the fearless leader with the torch, guided me and Win, who also came along, to Cruz de Ferro in the predawn light.
I didn't bring a rock, and I didn't really have anything insightful or spiritual to say, and I didn't leave a note. But I could still wander up there and make my photographic mark. Sunrise behind the camera.
OK. Cruz de Ferro looked pretty darn spectacular at the time of sunrise. So one more final photo before we move on...
I realized that we don't have a photo of Deb, the fearless leader from Marybyrbong in Melbourne. So here she is...
We ended up walking together all day, with Wyn, Ben, Aaron, Sophie and several other familiar faces coming and going throughout the day.
Most of today had brilliant views given the height.
The next picture though is another road example from Roman times.
Albergues were scarce and we had already passed them on the way as we walked into Ponferrada. Plan B, and Deb who had been before had already booked a private hostel room, was that same hostel called Rio Selmo (no, not after the local river as that was called Rio Sil).
I ended up sharing a double room with Ben, 25€ per person, while Aaron and Sophie shared another double room.
We all reconvened at 5pm to go out for a few drinks before having a meal.
The centre of town in Ponferrada is lovely and a table opposite the Castillo de Los Templarios was perfect.
There may be have been a bit too much vino Tinto in the end but it was a fun evening.