I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills….

from whence cometh my help.

Today’s walk was a gentle constant ascend into Monte Irago. We left Santa Calina (pop 50) around 730 so we could walk in the morning light before breakfast. We stopped in El Ganso, a 12th century village, at a family home that had a little store and offered hot coffee on the porch.

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As soon as we started our ascent, our path was lined with a wire fence to our right. Looking closer at it you could see crosses that were placed in the wires. This went on for at least a mile.

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I wonder when the first one was placed and how long ago. We nicknamed it The Fence Of One Thousand Crosses (plus one, with mine). In Rabinal del Camino (pop 60) we were greeted by a man with a falcon raising money for a children’s cancer hospital and of course had to help.

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The town still continues a century old tradition of caring for the pilgrims before taking the steep climb, and Templar knights that protected their journey.

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The picture above is a church run by an order of monks that still hold a blessing everyday for the pilgrims. We also came across the parish church, Iglesias de Santa Marie that was built in the 12th century that gave us the rest we needed before going on.

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The hike was one of the prettiest so far frequently coming across respites of cool water.

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We finally saw our town ahead

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and turned around to look were we came from and realized we had walked from as far as you can see- we have walked 150 miles, half way there.

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The village, Foncebadon, is a semi-abandoned village that flourished during the Middle Ages. It is starting to come back to life with the re-awakening of the Camino. Our Albergue, Convento de Foncebadon, was one of the few buildings in the town but had everything we needed: a place to sleep, do laundry and enjoy a wonderful meal.

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My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

10 thoughts on “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills….

  1. Love following along from afar! My Swedish friend started walking the Camino from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, four days after you guys began. I’ve been following both of you and enjoying your travelogues. Looks like quite an adventure on many levels. Peace and happy trails!

  2. Halfway Home! I previewed a movie of that title last week about returning war vets, who have made it only “halfway” because of PTSD. Please take a moment on your triumphant halfway to add them to your prayers.

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