I left Hospital de Orbigo at 8 this morning. The beginning of the walk was flat and easy to navigate.
Then it began – the path turned rocky. And it started to climb and it was getting rockier still. It was hard to navigate.
I have bruised the bottom of my right foot and am cautious about my left knee since I have had ACL reconstructive surgery on it. I traverse these tough paths with much caution and quite slowly. So from my standpoint, today was hard.
I finally came upon an oasis among the rocks and hills, a stand set up by a local fellow who provides peregrinos with refreshments for a donativo. I must have looked pretty forlorn because the young fellow hugged me and delivered the double cheek kiss. Once again I am taken aback by the kindness of people on and of the Camino.
I finally made my way into Astorga, again it was miles of pavement before arriving in the city.
I stopped in a shop and purchased a hairbrush (I had only brought a comb because it was lighter in weight) and a small bottle of cologne. I’m getting sick and tired of looking and smelling like a homeless person.
After I checked into the hotel, I took a nice hot bath, used the hairdryer, put on a bit of cologne and went out for the menu del dia and some sightseeing.
Need I say, I felt like a new woman!
¡La vida es buena!