Our goal today was the ancient city of Astorga and then continue on to Santa Catalina de Somoza, a distance of 22 km. we wanted to make it to Astorga mid morning when we had energy to enjoy the town. We left at about 6:40 and made slow progress through lush green hills (you can feel the land beginning to change).
We ran into David, who exuded pure joy and happiness. He was manning this booth with fruits, coffee, cookies, nuts etc in the middle of nowhere. Every thing was free (there was a box for donation)
David has done Camino multiple times. He seemed well travelled. He has been to India. He has been manning this booth for 5 years and living a simple life that reminded me of Walden Pond. He was oozing positive energy.
Our first glimpse of Astorga was from this mountain with the cross.
As we entered we saw a house structured in the third century. We also had our breakfast at the plaza.
We then saw the bishops palace and the cathedral.
In the next town we found a cafe with great fruit juice and vegetable smoothie where we also picked up our dinner food as it looked very good.
After 5 more km we arrived at our Albergue. We are all done with our 22.5 hike and dinner.
After dinner as we were taking a walk around town, we saw this flag carrying practice for some celebration for Virgin Mary coming up on September 22nd.