I wished I had seen El Acebo in finer weather. The village had a rustic charm, with its stone houses and slate roofs. The hospitalero explained how El Acebo, similar to the previous villages, once had many homes in ruins. In recent years, as tourism and popularity of the Camino increased, it had brought in money, and people returned to live… From Page 150, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.
Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago. If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, I’m in the chapter, Day 15: Wild Spanish Lavender. 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, Manjarín to El Acebo, as I arrived into El Acebo, after completing a tough day with cold, rain, snow, and wet and muddy trails. I had hoped for a better day than the previous one, but the morning started off with more cold, rain, and fog. I stopped for a moment and admired this doorway, decorated with scallop shells.
I was the last pilgrim to leave the albergue, and most likely the village; walking through deserted streets again.
A monument for a pilgrim cyclist, who passed away here in 1987, stood in front of the small church on the outskirts of El Acebo.
Walking through the fog with intermittent rain. I looked forward to getting off the mountain.
The main street of Riego de Ambros was also very quiet.
The 16th century church in Riego de Ambros.
I was really, really tired of walking through the mud. At least my boots were almost dry from the previous day’s wet adventure. At the albergue, I had placed my boots near the furnace for the night and it sure helped.
I wrote on page 151, “A favorite of mine in the gardens back home, I had never expected to see Spanish lavender in Spain – although the name should have suggested that it was a real possibility…” The skies lightened after the rain stopped. A few rays of sunshine appeared and brought out the brilliant colours.
The white broom was also striking and covered complete hillsides.
The descent to the town of Molinaseca was on trails that were steep at times. This stretch of the Camino had trails that resembled ones that I would find in the mountains near my home in Vancouver, Canada.
A pretty spot overlooking what I believe was an old homestead.
I really enjoyed this hike though the mountain valley toward Molinaseca.
Molinaseca is in the distance.
I had met a group of students from Utah in the United States, and one took my photo. This was typical of my attire during much of my first two weeks on the Camino.
The windy highway down to Molinaseca, which I’m sure was dangerous for pilgrims who choose to skip the trail.
I hope you enjoyed this post, as the morning walk turned out to be far nicer than the previous day. On my next post, Valley Of Broom And Spanish Lavender, Camino De Santiago, I’ll feature the flowers in the mountains between El Acebo and Molinaseca. Please join me.
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