My walk today to Rabanal del Camino took place under sun, light rain, sun, and heavy rain. Thankfully the overall distance was a relatively short 13 miles.
I am now heading into the foot hills of another mountain range that will involve more elevation and lower temperatures over the coming days. The land has a mixture of pines, heather, and lavender that produce some stunning visuals.
Rabanal del Camino is a delightful small, old village that seems almost entirely focused on serving pilgrims on Camino. I have a nice room in a hostel that also has a great pub/restaurant that has a decidedly Celtic feel to it. A small, cave-like church is right across the street run by a Bavarian order of monks. I attended the daily Vespers service this evening in which the monks chant psalms in Latin – very beautiful and peaceful as well.
I have a very long walk tomorrow that will bring me to a high point early in the day dominated by a large cross around which pilgrims have placed a massive mound of stones…more on that tomorrow.