Villar de Mazarife - Hospital de Orbigo - 15.0 km

May 31
Lat: 42.463333 Lon: -5.884167

I had a good night’s sleep in the albergue last night and laid in for a little bit to allow others to get up first. I was going to only hike a very short day, but still wanted to see a sunrise so I hit the trail at 7 a.m. It was very cold at 37 degrees, but the skies were beautiful and the sunrise was great. I was hoping for a cup of coffee and a donut but that wasn't to happen as everything was closed so I was forced to push on for 10 km to the Albergue Sta. Louis in Villavante. That was a good choice though as I spent over an hour there since it was only 9 a.m. and had I pushed on I would have had to sit and wait for the albergue to open. They had WiFi there also allowing me to catch up my e-mails.

The walk from Villar de Mazarife all the way to Hospital de Orbigo was completely level and was a nice easy walk. As a matter of fact there has been very little uphill trail since the beginning. However I'm still seeing people with foot, leg, and blister problems. I don’t think it's because the trail is too hard, but that they are trying to go too far and too fast each day and are injuring themselves. This isn't a trail to be rushed, but enjoyed more leisurely. There is a lot to see along the way and a lot of people to meet.

I noticed as I was crossing the bridge when coming into town that there were ribbons and banners lining the streets, and venders were starting to set up little booths. When I asked what was going on, I was told that it was the annual Medieval Festival, complete with jousting. I found out that it starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday night. I've now adjusted my schedule to stay until Sunday afternoon and then walk the 17 km to Astorga. I think that it will be worth the time.

Well it looks like I'll get to sleep in a little again tomorrow. As I have said before the food keeps getting better as I head west. For lunch today I had "pollo asado," baked chicken with potatoes, and a salad which I didn't think could get any better but then tonight I had a steak with potatoes and a salad. They are crazy about French fried potatoes here and I never turn down a salad. You will need to eat greens every chance that you get because it doesn't happen that often apart from the salad.

Well that's about it for the day. It's time to work on Spanish before turning in. As always...Buen Camino!

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