Thu 8 Oct - Day 24: Puente Villarente to León 12km
471km walked. 314km left to walk.
I had a lazy morning in Puente Villarente given the short walk from there to Leon and the fact that official check in time at Hostel Albany in Leon was not until 2pm. Yes, I had made a 2 nights single room booking in Leon.
I walked the 12km or so along side 3 Americans who stayed in the same albergue as me last night and who all also had booked rooms at Hostel Albany.
This stone map was roughly a third of the way from Puente Villarente and Leon as noted.
You may not believe it but this modern pedestrian overpass is part of the Camino as you approach Leon from the east.
The view from that bridge. We are back in the big smoke.
Though I think that the distant "smoke" in the picture below is from over Galicia, living up to its reputation as being the rainiest province of Spain.
And this neon sign just looked cool and retro. Must look fantastic when it is lit up at night.
I later saw an ad for McDonalds. They are offering a "menú del peregrino". I didn't check what that encompassed as I would not touch that "food" regardless.
Signs in countries outside your home country are always fun. This cute sign was warning motorists that their speed may be checked by radar...
Hostel Albany was very central. On one side you can see the very impressive Leon Cathedral.
you see. Facilities belonging to Hostel Albany.
The inside of my room 303 at Hostel Albany. Tiny but modern. Except that maintenance left a bit to desire.
And looking out through the window to a light well. At least the window would provide light and if open some fresh air. Although I noticed later that fresh air had a fair bit of cooking smell to it.
Camino complimentary gear shopping followed. I needed a rain cover for my backpack as Galicia beckons.
I got that, but I also bought a few more things. You know, good to have stuff. So 82€ later, I got these 4 items.
After a little siesta, I decided to do a bit of flaneuring. Some pics:
Tintin and his buddies in a shop window. Look closely to the right and you can see both a Swedish flag and an Australian icon. Why? Who knows.
Leon's central railway station was on the other side of Rio Bernesga. However, they had done something really odd here.
And other side:
Yes, they had made a road right across the railway lines. Cut them off 90 degrees right through.
That tiny little building you see in the middle photo is the "new" train station. The trains have to stop there as they can no longer go through to the other side. Hmmm...
If you check the earlier map, you will find that the road cutting through the railway lines is not marked there. More hmmm...
Anyway, the interesting parts of Leon seemed to stop there so i turned around and crossed the bridge to the city side again.
I followed Parque de Paralaguinda south (did I mention that Leon is a very green city with lots of parks?).
Is this promenade made for flaneuring or what?
The store had so much stuff (a huge collection of walking sticks for example) but all I came out with was a shaving soap. I couldn't think of anything else that I needed.
. So I bought smoked salmon, iceberg salad and water. That's dinner for tonight.
Yes, cereal and milk, digestives crackers and sardines in olive oil and a bottle of orange juice. Even if I have to leave some it behind, it is still both cheaper and tastier than commercial coffee and toast breakfasts.
That's it for now. I will have a relaxing evening in my room all by myself. It was a while ago. Now I will have a shave...