June 8 and 9: A Short Walk and an Albergue
|More wine "cellars"
|Our albergue room
June 10 and 11: The Road Gets Back to WonderfulWe walked 12 miles and 8 miles over the next two days. Much of it we'd done before although we took alternate routes where possible for the variety.
June 12: A Favorite PlaceThe 11 miles we covered this day to Foncebadon were blooming with heather when we were here in 2009. We were disappointed to have missed much of the color by a few weeks this time. Missing it did not spoil the beauty of this section, however, nor the quaintness of the semi-abandoned Foncebadon where we stayed in casa rural El Convento and had a medieval dinner.
June 13: Morning Glory, Cruz de Ferro, Enough of the Downhills!The golden sun coming out of Foncebadon was awe inspiring. The road to Cruz de Ferro was uphill and challenging but we could not stop exclaiming at the vistas. At the Iron Cross, pilgrims leave a stone to symbolize unburdening their lives. Emotion fills the air. It is cathartic to place your burdens in the mound and start down from the Camino's highest point.
June 14: Back to Madrid and then to Gainesville