Day 26 – Vilar de Mazarife to Astorga

What a beautiful day for walking the Camino! I began at 7AM today because I knew the hike today was going to be a long one. I continue to walk through the paramo scrub land with its rolling hills and dry rocky trails winding through a number of small villages.

The highlight of the day was passing through the town of Hospital de Orbigo around 11AM. It’s a well-preserved Medieval village with an incredibly long bridge that spans a river and massive flood plain. It was my good fortune to be passing through during the town’s week-end long festival celebrating its Medieval roots with jousting, street food, crafts, and even a marching band with bag pipes and drums! I lingered as long as I could – I was not yet halfway to my destination – and then moved on. Sadly, the roasting pig was not quite ready to eat. ;-(

I finally arrive in Astorga after over 7 hours of walking and 21 miles according to my Fitbit which I believe is a record for my Camino to date. No energy to explore this town originally founded by the Romans. It’s Sunday so many thing are closed in any case.



7 thoughts on “Day 26 – Vilar de Mazarife to Astorga

  1. Oh such beautiful pictures!!! That roasted pig would have been amazing …I’m sorry you missed out on it. Please continue to pray for us as we are praying for you and your safety. Xoxo


    1. Thx honey…very much appreciate your comments and prayers! Praying for all of you at home as well. Love Chris


  2. Dear Chris… I remember the visuals of the pigs in the towns. They eat every thing of the pig. Pigs ears, etc… ugh!! I was not able to bring myself to try those.:( Long walk today. rest up.. Hope the weather continues to be cool and sunny!! Praying for your safe Camino!!! Anne


  3. 21 miles is unbelievable. Hope that was your longest walk and you won’t have to do that again!
    Thinking of you as you continue this awesome journey and get closer each day to the end.
    Take it easy we look forward to seeing you real soon! Jeanne & Mark


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