Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga - 17.1 km

June 2
Lat: 42.457222 Lon: -6.055833

Today I was awakened by everybody getting up and packing to leave so I got up at 6 a.m., packed out, and was on the trail by 6:30 a.m. The trail today was one of those parts that gives you options on the which route to take. At the last house in town you have a choice to make on which way to go. You can take the “senda” route, which walks along the side of the road, or you can take the route that goes overland and through the various little towns and villages. I chose the latter route which was longer and less travelled and I left the “senda” to everyone else. It was a nice peaceful route and the weather was a mild 48 degrees that climbed to around 68 degrees.

After about an hour I came across someone else that wanted peace and quiet. It wasn't long before I met a woman named Joanie and we walked along together. We came into the small village of Villares de Orbigo, where we had breakfast together. Shortly after we started eating, Jamie came in and joined us. This was the only place that was open at that time of morning, but the food was good.

We all finally left and headed on toward Astorga. Somewhere alongside the way, Jamie dropped back but we picked up a fellow from California, Jeff. He is a fireman with the Santa Clara Fire Department. He had a good pace and all three of us got along very well. We made it all the way to Astorga where we had lunch together, but then they pushed on to a further distance. I, on the other hand stayed in Astorga where I went into the Caminos museum and the Cathedral.

I checked into my “hostelles” at the Gaudi Hotel, where I have a room which is really nice. Hawk and Christine came into town later in the day. I had a great time in town and the dinner was great. After dinner we walked around town until nearly dark, and by the way, it doesn't get dark until after 10 p.m. so you always get in bed when it is still light. As a point of interest, this is one of those towns that if you weren't in a hurry or on a time schedule you could easily take an extra day and check out the sights, maybe even walk back to the Chocolate Museum. It was closed today and tomorrow as it is the celebration of Corpus Christi, a Festival day.

Tomorrow is going to be a longer day so I'll be up early to continue the journey. There's more to follow... Buen Camino!

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