Across from me, a man in his 30’s tried to impress two women and managed to talk them into walking with him. He even discussed where they would stay that night. One of the women was interested, while the other looked at her friend in disbelief. I ate my fries and almost ordered another before I looked out and saw only sprinkles of rain. By the time I got outside, the rain had stopped, and the skies lightened. It would be a sunny afternoon. Or so I thought… From page 144 of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. Oh, how I was wrong about the weather!
Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Rabanal del Camino, Castilla y León. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
I left my last post, On The Camino de Santiago in Spain, Astorga to Rabanal del Camino, on the outskirts of Rabanal del Camino and walked into the village. I believe this small church is the Ermita de San Jose, but could stand corrected. It had been recently rebuilt and sported a brand-new bell gable.
Empty streets of Rabanal del Camino in the early afternoon. Residents and many of the pilgrims were hiding, away from the weather.
I found myself peering through openings such as these, into the past of homes in ruins.
The 12th century church, Santa María de la Asunción.
After stopping for the aforementioned break, mostly to escape the weather, I left Rabanal del Camino on this deserted path.
This memorial for a fallen pilgrim was adjacent to the path.
Despite the rain, the conditions of the path in this section weren’t that bad. It was definitely cold, with temperatures just above freezing. I could just imagine how pleasant of a walk this would be on a sunny day.
There was one steep, rocky climb to reach the highway.
Above the highway, the conditions of the path were much worse with mud and large puddles.
A fountain that I’m sure was important to pilgrims in earlier days.
Another climb along a rocky trail to the highway and the village of Foncebadón.
Rather dark views of the hills in the surrounding area. This was a far better view than earlier, and that I would have soon after.
I made it! Foncebadón was ahead.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Please understand that I present photos the way it was during my journey. I include photos that others may not, but this is the Camino de Santiago. On my next post, On The Camino de Santiago In Spain, Foncebadón To Manjarín, I will visit the haunting village of Foncebadón and then walk to another one—even more haunting—the village of Manjarín. Please join me.
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