Ponferrada, Spain - Polarsteps
Stayed in a hotel
Thick fog in the morning up in the mountains. Made it impossible to see much. Shortly after the start, was the Cruz de Ferro or "Iron Cross" which marks the highest point along the camino at 1528 meters which is roughly 5000 feet. At the cross is a pile of rocks. Traditionally pilgrims bring a rock from home and toss it at the foot of the cross representing the laying down of one's burdens or more so the surrendering of burdens to God.
The path then went down through more foresty, mountainy, hikey type trails until it hit these cool stone type towns that looked very medieval.
My favorite was Molinaseca because it felt very boujee, like upper class Spanish ppl lived there or something.
Saw a Tibbit cat...and castle view right outside the hotel room.
Checked out the castle the next day. Was a Templars castle built on the river. Was cool to go through it.
Pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago