Matthew 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
Day 27 — 19.94 Miles — Villandangos to Astorga, May 24.
We had to walk about one mile before reaching the town of Villandangos this morning. The hostel that we stayed in last night was located just before the town. The “hostel” was called Hotel Aviendo III. The location added another mile to our walk today but the food was good. Maybe the extra mile was worth the good food.
The walk out of town took us through a wooded area covered in cottonwood snow. The cottonwood snow is pretty but it still causes sneezing. The remainder of the walk was on a gravel path that ran a fairly close parallel to the highway. Along one section of the path, Ron found plants that seemed to attract snails by the hundreds. Will the plants survive the ravenous snails?
The Way occasionally has alternate routes to chose. The alternates routes are usually longer and sometimes are more difficult. We choose to take a slightly longer scenic route. A gravel path was still on the scenic route but the road noise was gone. We came across another Camino Oasis. Out in the middle of nowhere, strangers provided food and drink for a donation.
We were ready for a break when we walked into the town of Hospital de Orbigo. There is a bridge in the town that was built over a bridge constructed by the Romans in approximately 489 AD. It 1939 the bridge was named a National Treasure by Spain.It is now a pedestrian bridge as cars are no longer allowed to use the bridge. Tomorrow the town will hold a jousting contest in a large field next to the bridge. The very old and the new continue to coexist in Spain. We also spoke to Toby while we were in the town.
After leaving Hospital de Orbigo, we came upon another stone. It was inscribed with the scripture Mark 12:28-34 engraved on it. The greatest commandment is written in Mark 12:28-34. Cross #30 was hung over the rock that was shaped like Idaho.
Just before the town of Astorga came into view, the Cruceiro de Santo Toribio appears. The cross commemorates the 5th century Bishop Toribio from Astorga who fell to his knees on this location after he was banished from the town. From the base of the cross, Astorga can been seen below (in the distance). Our hostel in Astorga was finally reached about 5:00 pm. We could see the beautiful buildings and cathedrals as we walked down the hill and into the valley. The buildings and cathedrals in Spain continue to amaze us.
Showers, shopping and a haircut were our next objectives. My hair is now shorter than Ron’s. (I can see the shocked look on your face!) A “pixie” cut is much easier to maintain and hair grows back. We also purchased a suitcase in Astorga to ship items ahead to Santiago that we are not using such as sleeping bags, shoes and other miscellaneous items that add weight to one’s back pack. The hostel in which we have a reservation in Santiago will hold it until we arrive.
Foncebadon is our next stop. Buen Camino. Sharon & Ron