Rabanal Del Camino to Acebo - 17.0 km

June 4
Lat: 42.497778 Lon: -6.455833

The albergue came alive at 6 a.m. as everyone was getting up and packing. It was as if everyone knew this was going to be an uphill day so they wanted to get a jump on it. I was packed from the night before. When I stay in an albergue, I always make sure that my clothes are packed along with everything that is going into the bottom of my pack. It not only makes getting packed quicker and a little quieter, if people are still sleeping, but it also cuts down on leaving something behind. Always remember to double check on your bed as well as underneath it to make sure you have everything. If there is one thing that I'm "OCD" about, it is double checking to make sure that I have everything with me. That's both when I leave in the morning as well as every time I stop and take my pack off.

I was on the trail as usual by 6:30 a.m. It was another beautiful morning along the Camino as the skies were a deep shade of blue and the temps were going up fast beginning in the upper 40s and in the upper 60s by 4 p.m. The mountain out of town is a steady climb for the first 7.8 km all the way to La Cruz de Ferro (The Iron Cross) at 1,505 meters. At Foncebadon, which is about 5.8 km from town, I stopped at the restaurant and had a cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant. I then pushed on to the top at the Iron Cross, which has an iron cross on top of a wooden pole at the top. For centuries, Pilgrims have stopped to reflect on why they are walking "The Way," leave a stone at its base, and then move on. I left my rock at the base of the cross, one I brought with me from the summit of Mt. Kathadin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail which I completed in 2000. The views were the best that I've seen since starting. You can still see snow on all the mountains off in the distance.

The trail starts to drop down now all the way to Acebo. Several sections along the way are covered with a lot of various-sized rolling rocks, so be careful going down from the top. You will come to one section on the trail which will require some care. This section is in or around the extremely small village of Manjarin. You have to go onto the road and walk it. The road is very narrow and curvy and the cars go extremely fast.

After you get off the road and back on the trail, it’s a great path and easy to follow except for the loose rocks on the trail going down into the village of Acebo. There is an error in my book, which says that the name of the Casa Rural Hostelles is "La Posada del Peregrino," but in fact it's now called "The Casa de la Peregrino." This is a great place; it's modern and clean. I got checked in and cleaned up and went to the restaurant and got something to eat.

As I was eating my lunch I saw Michele and Sharon (the Canadians) come into town and then Andy and Paul (the Australians) followed after that. It was nice to catch up with them. Both groups ate and then pushed on to Molinaseca for the night. After I finished eating lunch and they all left, I decided that I'd look over the town. I walked to the bottom of the hill and saw three more albergues and two more restaurants; that was the tour of the town. But I still love these small towns so much more than the big ones. When I got back to the “hostelles,” Hawk and Christine came in. They got settled in and took a nap and then it was almost time to go to dinner.

Today was one of my best days out here. It had everything: mountains, views, and beautiful weather. I'm only hoping that tomorrow will be a repeat of today. Until then we'll just have wait and see what tomorrow brings. So check back and see where i am then... Buen Camino!

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