Day 20 – Leon to Hospital De Orbigo 33.2km

After our first rest day in Leon reuniting with the pilgrim crew, we thought we’d wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go, which was the case for Jason but not for me who had a sleepless night trying to block out his relentless snoring. So you can imagine I was very slow to get out of bed, but we still managed to get out the door by 7.30am.

My eyes were droopy, my brain was hazy and I was not a happy chappy to start off with, so the beginning of the walk was very slow for us. After a few hours I eventually woke up and we progressed to our normal walking pace. The majority of the path was gravel on the side of the highway which we usually hate, but after having done so many days along the road, we’ve learnt to zone out the sound of the endless cars and trucks. We walked at different paces and entertained ourselves silently singing to ourselves. Jason’s choice of motivational music was ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ and mine was ‘Barbie Girl’ – great choices in my opinion.

Just before we got to the town of San Miguel, we were stopped by an elderly Spanish man who pointed at his shed and repeated ‘manzana’. Thankfully this is one of the few Spanish words I actually know so I figured he was offering us some apples. We politely declined as we already had apples in our bag but we struggled to get the message across because in a matter of a few seconds he disappeared into his shed and brought out 6 bright green apples. We couldn’t decline this time so accepted them with repeated ‘Muchas Gracias’. We immediately bit into an apple each and they were absolutely delicious, some of the best we have ever tasted! Now just to carry all the extra weight, well that’s what husbands are for, right?

We arrived in the town of Villadangos del Paramo by 1pm. This is the town recommended by the guidebook to stay at overnight but we decided to just enjoy our baguettes here and move on as we still felt like we had energy for a few more towns. During lunch we took off our shoes and relaxed for 45 minutes which is the longest break we’ve ever taken. We felt so refreshed after this and realised that we’ve been rushing our lunch breaks so we’ve agreed that we’ll be taking much longer breaks from now on.

We walked for what seemed liked forever and eventually arrived in the beautiful town of a Hospital De Orbigo by 5pm. One of the most noticeable features of this town is the long pebble bridge which was used for jousting tournaments in the medieval times. It’s stunning to look at and even to cross, definitely something we haven’t seen in our travels before.

After such a long day, we had a quiet night in where Jason cooked some delicious pasta. Unfortunately there was a hoard of mosquitoes at the municipal so everyone was anxiously avoiding them all night.

Total cost for today:
– Breakfast: €1 Muesli and milk
– Lunch: €2 Salami and pate baguette
– Dinner: €4 Home made pesto pasta
– Snacks: €2 Chocolates and apples
– Accommodation: €5

Total cost per person: €14

Til next time
Ann & Jason xo

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