It all started with one man - He had a dream - a dream that people could live and work together for the common good - that each person would be given the same respect - and in return show that same respect - that the color of one's skin or eyes - or the language that rolled off their tongue - or the food they ate - would make no difference - would cause no judgement - would not diminish the value of one's life. That man was - Jesus Christ - the Dalai Lama - Buddha - Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. - and many others. Throughout the world - peoples of all beliefs - and even those with no beliefs - have placed their trusts in their fellow man. For Christians - Jesus of Nazareth - was that man - for Saint James - Jesus was His Lord - for each of us who walks this Camino - to venerate the bones of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela - Jesus is the guide that calls us - as individuals - to become seekers - to seek Him - to seek His peace - to seek His answers - to all our life's questions.
Simple Wooden Cross at Edge of Village - Acebo
Bell Tower Acebo Church
Even on Camino Everyday Events Such As Puppies Playing Goes On As Normal
Monument at Edge of Acebo for Bicyclist Pilgrim Killed on Pilgrimage
The walking part of today's journey was very challenging - besides the routine rocks and ruts - today we walked on slippery mountain rocky slopes - thru muddy paths - along mountain ridges - and other obstacles. For those not so quick of foot this presented a mental as well as physical challenge.
One Long Downhill Slippery Rocky Slope
Into Every Life There Will Be Bumps In The Road
How ToGet Down From There? Very Slowly
A Mountain Goat Would Be At Home Here
Looking Down Into The Valley
It Just Does Not Want To Quit
Puente de Peregrinos Medieval Bridge Into Molinaseca
In The Distance Next Village
And That Is A Sheep Of Another Color
Crossing River Boeza
Ponferrada City Street - No Rocks!
View Out Our Albergue Window
Way Marker - Down to 202.5 Kilometers
Patron - Saint Nicholas de Flue
Albergue Outside Lobby
Notice All The Pilgrim Bicycles
Two Peregrinas Soaking Tired Feet At Entrance Fount
Tonight we are staying at a large albergue - a parish sponsored hostel - no charge - donations accepted. Bed count is near 200 - we are in a semi-private room of four sharing with two young men - Paul - a nineteen year old who just finished school and is seeking direction for his life - the other fellow has been sleeping since we returned from a walk about. The place is very clean and well organized. Time for lights out and no wi-fi here - so will post in the morning at breakfast place we found with free wi-fi.
Dale and Arlene