After about a month on the Camino, I reached the Cruz de Ferro on May 31. I spent some time reflecting on forgiveness (granting and asking for it) and remembering friends and loved ones who have passed. I then placed my stone. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic; however, I’d envisioned a mostly somber, reverential experience. The reality consisted of people clambering all over the accumulated stones, messages, and ashes placed by other pilgrims and riding bicycles upon these items. Please consider what the materials at the base of the Cruz de Ferro represent to your fellow pilgrims and tread upon them respectfully.