Today was easily my second favorite of the Camino thus far. Only day number one beats this out. It was a beautiful climb into the mountains from Rabanal, with pristine views of Castilla y Leon from the top. I walked with a group of guys from New York on the way down. One of them is attending Pitzer, where he also runs track. The world is a small place.
One of the days highlights was seeing Cruz de Ferro. It is probably the most recognizable monument on the Camino. Pilgrims carry rocks to symbolize whatever it is they walk for. It is here that we put them down on the massive heap of other stones. It reminds me of The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan. In this allegory, the protagonist is named Christian, and he carries a large burden on his back that symbolizes his sin. I think Rabanal is like The House of the Interpreter, and Cruz de Ferro is the “place of deliverance”. If only I had been greeted by the three shining ones.
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a living character in the Elder Scrolls series. I think the Camino is the closest ill ever come. Meet new friends and buy food using Spanish at the market?… Speech craft +1. Bolder hop down the mountain?…agility +1. You also get the same feel of walking through small towns and villages where you meet people and take on side quests. I felt as if i was entering Imperial City when I meandered through Leon the other day. I just wish I could enchant my gear. Anyway, time to sleep so I can level up.