Day 23 Villadangos to Astorga

May 6, 2016 Friday        18miles Started at 7:30 am – arrived2:30 pm
Today was a day of gentle walking in gentle rain. I walked the entire day with the sweetest young lady from Brazil. Because of the gentle rain, my camera was neatly tucked away under two or three layers of protection.

However, I HAD to get it out when we got to Puente de O’rbigo. I apologize for this being a poor photo, but my camera is not waterproof and it was raining. 

“This bridge is one of the longest and best preserved medieval bridges in Spain dating from the 13th century and was built over an earlier Roman bridge which formed one of the great historical landmarks on the Camino. It’s myriad arches carry you across the Rio O’rbigo via the passage of  how our Paso Honroso so called because of the famous hosting tournament that took place here in the Holy Year 1434. A noble knight from Leon, Don Suero de Quinones, scorned by a beautiful lady, threw down the gauntlet to any knight who dared to pass as he undertook to defend the bridge (and presumably his honor) against all comers. Knights from all over Europe took up the challenge. Don Suero successfully defended the bridge for a month until the required 300 lances had been broken. Together with his trusted comrades he then proceeded to Santiago to offer thanks for his freedom from the bonds of love and go his honor, now restored! Or in the words of Rupert Brooke:    

Honour has come back, as a king, to earth

And paid his subjects with a royal wage;

And Nobleness walks in our ways again;

And we have come into our heritage.”            (From A Pilgrim/s Guide to the Camino de Santiago by John Brierley

Puente de O’ribigo

J from Brazil and I had just met the night before in the albergue and we were roommates in a room with 4 beds and just the two of us. She is traveling the Camino on her own. As we walked in rain and sloshed

in mud we shared some of our lives and goals and dreams. She is nearly fluent in Spanish so she is a handy companion.  
Earlier on the Camino it seemed everyone could and would and did speak English. I am finding it less so lately.

After walking hours on relatively flat terrains we started climbing. On the way to Astorga came upon a hill to Cruceiro Santo Torbino, honoring a 5th century  Bishop of Astorga. On a clear day you can see the mountains behind Astorga, mountains I will be climbing starting tomorrow.

Cruceiro Santo Toribio


Mary and Sofie passed us mid-day and it was so good to see them!
By the time J and I got into Astorga we were dragging our bodies and barely speaking. I walked with her to make sure she got into an albergue for the night and then she called a taxi for me to go to my hostel. By then, even though it was not raining,  I did not want to wander around this beautiful city any longer. 

Astorga – I thought I walked back into medieval times


I am snug in a private hostel, reading up on tomorrow’s adventures into the mountains.  It has been a wonderful day – I am filled with  gratitude and joy  . .  . . .and sore muscles. 

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18 comments on “Day 23 Villadangos to Astorga

  1. Virginia says:

    You are doing Great!! And seeing so many wonderful things!! Ah the stories you are going to tell !! Can’t wait 🙂 Glad you found a “walk mate”. Makes it much more enjoyable! Hope she continues with you and the rain stops!!

    • Geri Wilson says:

      This is Sunday morning here and it has been raining all night. We are about to walk up higher in the mountains. I expect to walk alone today because I walk so slow up hill, but that is okay. It will be a muddy mess probably.

  2. Phyllis Weber says:

    What a blessing you are taking, seeing so many wonderful places, new friends and most of all God is with you. Take care, be safe.

  3. Naomi Williams says:

    It seems that every day you meet some one new. It seems to me that you have been walking in the rain more than non rain. Perhaps the sun will shine. I am amazed that you can post all the information and still have time to keep walking. God is taking care of you.l

  4. I love hearing about your adventures! xo

  5. Vicky says:

    Wonderful photos, even if only a couple. Enjoy each and every moment on The Way. 🙏💖🙏💖🙏🏃

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just got caught up on the last week and I’m exhausted! Can’t imagine how you must feel. Clearly the experience of a lifetime.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The bridge looks beautiful. Another beautiful day. I’m glad you can walk with and meet new people.
    Prayers,
    martha

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Geri- My goodness, I can hardly keep up with you- you are really covering ground. Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow till you find your dream! Hugs from Marsha

  9. Jmaynard says:

    So glad to continue on your journey with you. Do you speak Spanish? Was wondering how you communicated with J from Brazil. How soon before Lee and is it Brian?? join you? Hope the mountains will be beautiful and not a hard climb. Still praying daily for your health especially your ankle, and a deeper spiritual adventure yet to come. Can’t wait to see the mountains! Love your photos

    • Geri Wilson says:

      The climb we did yesterday was pretty gentle, today will be steeper but in the rain it sort of blocks some of the beauty and the vews. I speak only the very basic of Spanish with a poor accent. J from Brazil speaks very good English. Brian and Lee and I meet in Sarria on the 14th – that is soon!

    • Geri Wilson says:

      Thanks for your prayers.

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