Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The mountains approaching Ponferrada
The next morning we set off for Ponferadda in the same weather we had the day before. Rain, fog, walking through the clouds heading up to Cruz de Ferro (the highest point on the Camino so I am told). The only difference today was a gusty wind (30-35 MPH) that chilled us most of the morning. We couldn´t see Cruz de Ferro until we almost walked into it. It wasn´t until we made it down below the cloud deck (near Acebo) that life started to improve. Robin was being careful with her ankle and I was being mindful of my knees during this long descent. In short it was a hard day. Accordingly it wasn´t until about 4:45 that we arrived at the new albergue (San Nicholas) in Ponferrada, a very nice facility. We were done in. We had been walking since 8:45 and with the weather challenges it made for a very long day. But we made it. Robin and I are both looking forward to a double ration of wine tonight, and a good night´s rest. Tomorrow we are off to Villafranca Del Bierzo. Cheers for now.