Today we were going to start by climbing for a short while and then downhill to Molinseca and onward to Panforada. We calculated that to be around 22 km.
We left at 6:30 in the morning. The weather was cool and misty with cloud cover. It was very easy to see that we had left beautiful but flat Meseta behind.
The view was so gorgeous that I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was one of those magical mornings when you realize why you are doing the Camino and why all the aches and pains are worth what you see. I am not sure if pictures can do justice to what we witnessed but here is my best attempt.
As you can see it was beyond words. It was tough walking downhill on loose rocks. We moved through Manjatin, Acebo, and Ambrose. The young group missed a turn and ended up going down the paved highway. We stuck to the beautiful downhill path. After 4 km we look down on the highway and there are 4 young adults walking down. Amazing that we run into each other like that. We all walked down together to next tow Molinseca. We had already done over 21 km by then our town was still supposedly couple of km away. It was already 2 pm and we were all hungry. Spanish siesta forces you to eat now or be forced to wait until 7. The kids decided to eat while the rest of us marched on. It turned out to be 28.5 km before we made it to Panferado. Hence the title Agony. It was slightly past 4 when we checked into our Albergue.
Few of us decided to go on and check out the beautiful castle in town. We then had one of the most wonderful home cooked meal in Spain at our private Albergue As I look at my meage we ended up with 32.5 km which makes this our longest day yet.