Ambling to Astorga

Camino: Day 18 – Saturday April 25, 2009
Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga (Walk – 17km)
Cold wind this morning and it was back with gloves and beanie after only one day of walking without needed them in the morning. I had planned a short day of walking today so I took my time meandering through the small villages before Astorga which suddenly appeared surrounded by mountains, which were visible almost from the time I left Hospital de Orbiga. The trail passed through beautiful countryside. It was not surprising it was so cold since there was still snow on the mountain tops.
I don’t know if it was the sunshine or the view of mountains after the meseta but almost everyone I passed and was passed by this morning seemed happy. It has not been the case up till now. Great effortless walking but I did feel a bit guilty stopping after only a few hours of strolling really.But this is another beautiful town where Gaudi has been at work and it was great to spend the afternoon exploring the town.