Day 24 (June 2) Leon to Hospital de Orbigo (22 Miles)
Before I begin to describe the day, let me alleviate any possible concern. I am not in the hospital. In fact, the name of the town where I have landed for the night is Hospital de Orbigo. It derives from the hospitality that has been provided to pilgrims for centuries by the local residents.
Today is my thirty-ninth wedding anniversary. I am so sad not to be with John on this special day. Together, we have experienced grand adventures, boundless joys and a great tragedy. But it seems that all of those have made our bond stronger. I send loving wishes to my dear husband, my support team for this trek and for life.
Today’s walk was a bear. It started off as a 20.5 miler. I figured, why not, after a nice rest day? Thanks to a missed turn and forgotten walking sticks, I added at least another mile and a half. The trail followed the N-120 the whole way and seemed endless. I left Leon at 7:45am and arrived at my B&B at 5:00 pm. I made 4 brief stops, but otherwise was walking the whole time. As I write this four hours later, my feet are still throbbing. Tomorrow will be a lighter day!
Of course, on my hardest day, I couldn’t just end up in a peaceful little town. Oh no, I hit the annual Medieval Festival. I couldn’t get anywhere near the jousting, but got my share of medieval music and dance. The towns folk really get into the act.
I couldn’t resist my picture with a dragon.
The Spanish take their street food very seriously.
The first one is meat of all varieties. The carousel over charcoal was about 10 feet in diameter. The second shot is various sea creatures, fried to a crisp.
All of this is fun to see, but I am tired. My room is on the front of the hotel, at ground level and the party is right outside. There is no sign of things quieting down for a while. The torchlight parade doesn’t start until 1:00 am! Oh, those Spanish.