Camino de Santiago Day 7: Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
Day 7: Leon to Astorga, 45 kms.
- Camino de Santiago Day 1: Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
- Camino de Santiago Day 2: Estella to Navarrete, Spain
- Camino de Santiago Day 3: Navarrete to Belorado
- Camino de Santiago Day 4: Belorado to Burgos, Spain
- Camino de Santiago Day 5: Burgos to Ledigos, Spain
- Camino de Santiago Day 6: Ledigos to Leon, Spain
Leon to Astorga is only 45kms. on well-paved roads but I wanted to keep this stage short for I was conserving my strength for the difficult mountain climb starting tomorrow. So far am doing okay but I’m worried about my legs if they can take the strain.
Leon to Astorga, 45 kms.
I left after having a nice and slow breakfast of ensaimada, cheese and two cups of brewed coffee at the cafe next to the hotel. The waitress gave me a slice of cake on the house while wishing me Buen Camino! When you’re a pilgrim, you get extra perks – they may be small ones but the kindness is heartfelt and the gesture much appreciated. I fished out for Euro coins in my money belt which I wear around my waist and realized that I didn’t have much cash with me. Actually, my needs are small and my biggest expense is usually for the albergue bill for a night’s stay which does not exceed 12 Euros at the most.
Some hilly sections came into view near Villadonga but it was an easy traverse after getting used to cycling on flat land for three days now. Back in Kuwait when I started practising, 20 kms. was a killer ride but now it’s just a small blip on the route. How things have changed!
Astorga is a small, pleasant town with Roman origins that showed through massive walls standing around the place. The cathedral is an excellent place to visit and so is the bishop’s palace designed by Anton Gaudi – the same architect who orchestrated the huge Sagrada de Familia cathedral in Barcelona which is still being built 120 years till now.
Unfortunately, it started raining when I pedaled into town so when I found an albergue, I was dripping wet like a rag doll! It was still early in the afternoon but with the bad weather, I didn’t feel like exploring the place some more.
After a quick dinner, I went back to my room to have a nap. There were two of us sharing the bunk bed but my roommate was probably enjoying the night out somewhere so I drifted off to sleep peacefully and quietly all by myself.
Note: This was my daily journal throughout the pilgrimage route which took all of 12 days from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela.