18 June El Ganso to Acebo via Cruz de Ferro

Today proved to be emotional for me for more than one reason.

I will never be able to tell anyone the depth of very personal thought I had before and after Cruz de Ferro today.

Jill, Sue, Dan, James and Elana and Leo, Steph and Rick and Christopher and Amy and Lily, Mark and Mafe and Isla and Callum, Kimmy, Nicky and Simon and Luke and Ryan, Lydia and Andy and Max and Finley, Derek and Helene – your stones lie at the foot of the Cruz de Ferro

These are some photographs from today. First, the walk to Cruz de Ferro.

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Cruz de Ferro

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Your stones at Cruz de Ferro my loved ones.

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Me being a human sun-dial that actually tell the correct time if you follow the instructions for the month you are in.

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The walk from Cruz de Ferro to Acebo

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And finally, my two new friends.

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Bye for now folks
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19June Acebo to Villafranca del Bierzo

For reasons I will keep to myself I allowed anger to dictate my pace and distance today. I stupidly walked in excess of 40 kilometres over some pretty demanding terrain in parts. Just to round off the madness of what I did today I walked clean through the early afternoon heat of around 33C.

I now need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what damage I have done.

I know there are some folks reading this who are soon to be Caminoists, so, learn from my mistake guys and gals. Keep your wits about if you can, and, without planning too much about how far you will walk each day, listen to your body please.

The good news though is that I think walked out the other side of the problem that troubled me. It’s frightening how deeply and clearly I can think with a pack on my back and miles to go.

The only real bits I remember about today is a 6:10 start in a cold wind with the sun low behind the surrounding hillsides. Then a long series of descents using rock-strewn paths that could seriously test the agility of a mouse.

I know I had a few toe wiggle stops because at the end of the day all my emergency food was gone and I had two pairs of smelly socks hanging from my pack as I entered Villafrance del Bierzo.

After texting and stuff like that I got myself food in a supermarket and had a meal of bread, bananas, cheese, energy bars and water.

I then made two large cheese sandwiches and cut a huge tomato in quarters for breakfast tomorrow.

After I finish this blog, I’m off to find a beer to help me put some chemicals back into me. 🙂

I will try to lose 15lbs of ugly fat tomorrow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, by cutting my head off. 🙂

Here are today’s photos.

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I was told this was the old existing wine press in Europe.

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Tonight’s bed. That’s me, bottom left.

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This is where I prepared my food.

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Bye for now folks

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