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.