Day 37 Rompanal – 10/22
Very Cold morning with frost on the ground as we begin our ascent into the hills. Very happy to run into my German friend Linn who is now walking with Vincent and make plans to meet tomorrow to celebrate my birthday. Also their Camino birthdays celebrating Linn walking 30 days and Vincent 60 days ago from his home in France.
Day 38. Molinaseca -Birthday! 10/23
Such a blessing to be here to celebrate my 69th birthday. Today’s hike was spectacular with a 300 meter vertical climb to a la Cruz de Ferro, one of the most significant stops on the Camino, and to Punto Alto, the highest piont. Once again it is impossible to describe or photograph the beauty. As I was walking up the path and the sun was breaking over the horizon I came upon a woman standing still. She was facing east and turned to me as I approached. Tears were streaming down her cheeks. I gave her an embrace saying that I understood spontaneous crying on the Camino. Such is the beauty and pure joy one can find here.
The next of my birthday gifts came at Crux de Ferro. I was able to leave my “burdens” there. Two stones were mine from home, one from San Diego, and others I carried for friends. Once again Lynn appreared at the perfect time to share the moment.
The village of Molinascea looks like a movie set it is so quaint. A perfect place to end the day. I took a private room in the same Casa Rural that Linn & Vincent were staying. They took full advantage of the full kitchen and created a wonderful meal. And Vincent made a delicious lemon tart. The only thing missing were Birthday candles. And this was more than compensated by the fire which the landlady started in honor of my birthday (she knew from my passport)
Thank you for the best Birthday ever!!!