In the story of this blog, it is still June 2015. Day 8 of our walking adventure in Northern Spain. The sky was really gray as we left the hotel and without a surprise we had to wear our raincoat that morning. We crossed the 20-arched medieval bridge in Puente Orbigo.We stopped in the first village for a little while hoping the rain would stop. It didn’t so we kept walking. Just following the yellow arrow.
Rain, rain, rain… after all it must rain sometimes.
My socks were wet. After we stopped for lunch, the rain stopped. I did not want to change as my shoes were really too wet and I think It would not have made a difference. Here is Sam and I after our morning walk. 11 km. I think Sam did not walk but normally he did . He was only 9 years old and a very good walker.
Lunch was good. Cheese, bread, salad…
After our lunch, we stopped in Astorga. We had time for a hot chocolate ( Spanish style, very thick). I bought some chocolate another day to bring home.
We saw a van with some bikes. Some companies offer bike rental for those who want to do the Camino on bike. Personally, I think walking is better and it is much easier to take photos.
In Astorga, we saw the Archbishop’s Palace , a masterpiece from Antoni Gaudi. We could only see the outside. It was closed on that day and I think we did not have enough time.
We reached the famous Cruz de Ferro . The tiny iron cross is embedded into the top of a long wooden beam and surrounded by a large and ancient pile of rocks, Pilgrims often carry stones from home to throw on the pile at this place that is the highest point on the Camino ( 1505m/4936′).
Another 6 km to walk to reach Molinaseca. We crossed an old bridge and at the end of the village, we arrived at our hotel
Time to dry our clothes, find a good place for dinner and relax. We have great memories of our dinner with a very friendly server called Javier. The cost of the dinner was 10 Euros including wine, soup, main dish, dessert and coffee. What a deal!
More on our adventure on the Camino in my next post. Thanks again for reading.