Sun 11 Oct - Day 27: Villavante to Astorga 22km
524km walked. 261km left to walk.
2/3 done. 22 stages of 33 completed. The blue dot shows where Astorga is. Getting there :-)
Well, today's forecasted and expected rain did not eventuate during the walking period to midday. Not a single drop. Although it clearly had been raining over night or not very long ago. Mud was the name of the game. And a reasonably good and different "menú del día" in Astorga. For only 9€.
Sure, no rain in the morning but pretty dark. Time now would be after 8am. An empty semi dark freeway this Sunday morning.
. Puente de Orbigo, the bridge leading to the township of Hospital de Orbigo is apparently a "must see". According to the guide book, it is "one of the longest and best preserved medieval bridges in Spain dating from the 13th century and built over an earlier Roman bridge".
But which way to go? Straight or left.
I had joined forces from the hostel in Villamente with "Isle of Skye 3" and we stood here puzzled for some time while referring to the guide book.
The bridge was amazing. Very impressive.
Views from the bridge down to the water.
Puente de Obrigo as you approach it. On this gloomy morning. But no rain.
bit of spiel on Puente de Obrigo. In Spanish. For those of you who know the language or for those patient enough to translate it all and then understand it.
and tortilla breakfast at a cafe in Hospital de Orbigo, with views over the bridge, I said goodbye to them and walked on while they were still finishing their brekkie.
I left town at the same time as the guy below.
More choices abound of how to get to Astorga. It was either 15km along the road or 16km the scenic route. The longer scenic route had a couple of small settlements where one could seek refuge should the weather go bad.
Easy. I will avoid walking along the road if I can. Scenic road it was for me.
A few highlights along the scenic road to Astorga.
Walking through a farm where this cute calf was housed in his own shelter.
Another Camino memorial of sorts.
I treated myself to a cup of hot instant coffee in exchange for some coins.
The volunteers had a warmed up small tent and they used the heater in there to boil eggs.
called San Justo de la Vega.
negotiate this elaborate construction. It looked like a giant labyrinth game with pilgrims walking up and down in various places. Why is it there?
railway crossing has been cut off. Vehicles driving across there was no longer possible and pedestrians had to use that bridge if they wanted to get to the other side.
I suppose that there had been a few pilgrim near misses or perhaps worse when the Renff, Spain's fast speed trains, was going through town. The railway tracks looked new and well maintained.
And yes, both "Isle of Skye 3" and "Korea 3" turned up later. The last group housed themselves in the same room as me.
Good choice by me. My Primero was Sopa de Pescado. Fish soup. Different and very yummy.
and I wandered back to St Javier hostel for some blogging and down time.
I did a rudimentary clean up of mud at the bottom of my pants and then hang them, and my towel and undies outside as per below. Off the "balcony" which was off the room I was staying in at St Javier hostel.