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Rabanal del Camino to El Acebo 18 kilometers - slightly over 11 miles   Another climb, this time to the two highest points on the Camino Frances. First is Cruz de Ferro at 1495 meters (about 4500 feet above sea level), then Alto de Cerezales (30 feet higher).   [c Cruz de Ferro Iron Cross The Iron Cross or Cruz de Ferro has a long tradition for being the point where Pilgrims lay a stone from their home at the foot of this cross, representing the laying down of problems or worries to God. As a result of this tradition,...

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Astorga to Rabanal del Camino 23 kilometers - About 14 1./2 miles Up hill! We are getting stronger physically.   The Walk Leaving town in the morning is always fun. The air is cool. Expectations are high. The scenery is new.   Scenery Today   Today was no different.   Mornings look like this-Beauty and the Beast   We breakfasted at our hotel, Posada Real Casa de Tepa in the old city of Astorga-----with the coolest courtyard in the world. Then it was time to hike.   Good Way Pilgrims--Thank You     He once was a Flower Child  ...

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San Martin del Camino  to Astorga Walked 26 kilometers - About 16 miles Long day. Lots of ups and downs. One thing that we had taken for granted on the Meseta was the fact that there really weren't a lot of hills. Today things changed. We had taken the advice of others and taxied out of Leon in the early morning for San Martin. The ride showed us how large Leon is. It's huge. When we finally hit the road, we were ready for action. We had just finished a rest day in Leon and had a great time. We...

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A Rest Day in Leon   The Holy Grail Imagine this: Enter a sixteenth century cathedral museum. You’ve beat the rush to this morning and are the first in the museum. You pay the cashier your entrance fee (discounted because you are a Pilgrim). She quietly escorts you to a small inconspicuous door, opens it and says go there and nods to the staircase, which is dimly lit. It is a circular staircase and rises into the bell tower. Up, up, up you climb. You’ve probably gone up 20 or 25 feet, wondering how high you’ll have to climb with...

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Carrion de los Condes to Leon Two days. Traveled  90 kilometers - We Walked 48 kilometers, almost 30 miles. Jackie and another bridge   Welcoming monument at the Camino Frances de la Virgen, outside Sahagun   The internet was not good last night in Sahagun, so we eventually gave up the idea of posting. Truthfully, there wasn't a lot to post from Carrion de los Condes to Sahagun. It was, by far, the least amount of photos that we have taken in a day, and most of those were taken after reaching Sahagun, where a Saturday market was going on...

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