Camino Frances | Day 22
Villar de Mazarife to Astorga
First one out the door with a thirty percent chance of rain for the day. Today is the last day walking on the plains.
I had my first ham and cheese croissant in a month at a bar two hours away in the lovely town of Villavante. Walked past the UFO shape water tower and over train tracks before rejoining the official Camino in Puente de Órbigos home to one of the best-preserved medieval bridges in Spain.
A right turn pushed me away from the busy road for a pleasant walk on the dust-covered countryside where I met a retired lady on a morning walk with her hyper dog.
I said goodbye to the plains and hello to the mountains at Villares de Órbigos. I also got a stamp, an orange juice and a pincho for the road.
I crossed path with Francisco, the Brazilian pilgrim I had not seen since day nine. He was walking with a Yewon from South Korean and Francesca from Italy. Rumors are spreading fast. Apparently, I’m known as “the drone guy.”
A light shower caught me by the house of gods; a donativo pilgrim oasis on the side of the road. I couldn’t say no to a refreshing slice of watermelon.
Got my first view of Astorga from the Cruz de Santo Toribio. I went straight to Albergue de Peregrinos de San Javier next to la cathedral de Santa Maria de Astorga and el Palacio de Gaudi.
There were no two ways about it. I signed up for a one-hour massage that left me feeling nimble I got some blister prevention supplies at the Farmacy and a café con leche for dinner before calling it a day.
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