Highway to Hospital de Ortega

Camino: Day 17 – Friday April 24, 2009
Leon to Hospital de Orbigo (Walk – 32km)

Corky Fakt 10: Kindness from strangers can multiply
I was surprised by how good it felt to put my pack on and start walking again this morning. I was worried that a day of rest may soften me up too much and the walking and carrying a pack would be too hard to start again. Leon is such a wonderful city and being there on a public holiday made it even more festive. People in the streets everywhere enjoying the spring sunshine.
I left before 9 and had planned to walk only about 25 km but the trail today passed through totally unremarkable country. The day was almost 32 km of walking along a busy road (N 120) with lots of truck traffic.

The town I had planned to stop in was dissected by the high, way so I walked on for another 7km and I was so so pleased I did. I arrived at the most magical town away from the highway, by the river with trout fishermen and sound of church bells in the late afternoon sunshine.
I though I had landed in paradise after a seven hours of highway traffic for company. I stayed in a Alburgue run by the local church and it was lovely with a courtyard garden and here I met some wonderful people who kindly invited me to share a meal they were cooking – since I was tired and alone.How nice is that – only met them an hour earlier.