San Martin del Camino to Astorga*

Apr 22. Day 26. 25km. Departed 0755 hours, arrived 1400 hours.

Equilibrium was restored today. After the first 6.8 km of roadside paths, we got out to the open countryside and small villages/towns.We passed a farm on the last 11km to Astorga, which is also the last of the flat Mesetas. While the forecast was for some rain, we got to Astorga dry. The country scenery was refreshing after the last two days of roadside paths. The absence of traffic noise is one of the sweetest silence.

Looking back at sunrise.

The small towns have doors with character!

I could not pass up on this opportunity to feed this cow with some hay.

Panaramic view.

Nature’s beauty.

A row of nine trees!

Three (four?) of the nine (ten?).

Astorga cathedral.

Main altar, designed by Gaspar Becerra. He is regarded as Spain’s Michelangelo! Note that some of the figures appear to be floating!

Close up to highlight the level of intricate detail.

The tour of the Cathedral is a must-do. There were so many other pictures not shared in this post.

This Cathedral charged pilgrims a lower rate after we had presented our credentials for stamping.

We did treat ourselves to a 4 star hotel in this town. And their affiliated restaurant offered a discounted pilgrim’s menu on showing the pilgrim credentials.

Love that this town treats pilgrims well.

Author: Ben & Joon

Residents in the great Pacific North West. Living life as it happens, learning our purpose and trail blazing our own paths. Namaste.

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