Camino Frances | Day 24
Foncebadón to Ponferrada, 27.05 km
it was toast, crackers, café on leche and a side of toilet paper for breakfast. what? Out the door by 7:30 with one hundred percent chance of rain.
After a two-kilometer climb, I reached la Cruz de Hierro, an altar from Roman times to Mercury. As tradition dictates, I brought a stone from back home and left it at the base of the cross.
The skies opened, and the rain gear came out. I took shelter at a makeshift bar filled with flags from all over the world at the ruins of Manjarin only 222km from Santiago.
I Had a snack at a food truck atop the second hill of the day; followed by a downhill slope to Bierzo walking in the clouds as the low-level fog had covered the trail. I had reached the halfway point of the day, but it was too early for lunch. The Camino took me down a terrifying steep, wet rocky path that put my boots to the test.
blue arrows pointing to Jerusalem started to pop up. Molinaseca was pretty much wet. Lunch came at a panaderia in the footsteps of the medieval bridge. Had a massive Spanish Omelette pincho with café con leche while counting the Church bells.
it was time to push on to Ponferrada some two hours away on the side of the road. There was a line to check in at the San Nicolas albergue across the Mascarrón bridge. An impressive Knights templars castle was indeed a highlight of the trip. I lost myself in its history for the better part of the afternoon then enjoyed dinner by the main square and later ran into my Czech friend and his playful dog.
Overcast skies prevented me from washing my clothes, so I settled back on my top bunk bed and called it a day.
Daily Cost Breakdown
€04.00 Castle Fee