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Day 16 Leon to Hospital de Orbigo 36.3 km

Left at 615am and asked a coupe of young German girls if I could walk with them out of the city till it was light. Not getting light till nearly 8am now. Long hard day with long stretches, very few villages to stop in and hot sunny stretches through flat landscape with corn fields.

We parted 10 km later at a little village of Fresno del Camino. We had taken the rural option rather than follow the road. Passed through a couple of sleepy villages and didn't see anyone for about 8 km. Reached the village of Villar de Mazarife where I had planned to stop and stay after walking 22.2 km. It was only 11am and a bit early to stop so set out following a Norwegian father and son. The dad was 77 years old and so fit ! This meant walking another 14. 1 km to the village of Hospital de Orbigo which has a population of 1100.

It was a long HOT walk and I didn't reach there till 3 pm so nearly 9 hours of walking today and my feet felt like it too.!!

Entering the village you had to cross the Puente de Orbigo which is one of the longest and best preserved medieval bridges from the 13 th century. It has 20 arches and is famous for a jousting tournament that took place here in 1434.

The street over the bridge and the main street where our albergue is is the high cobblestones which is hard to walk over with sore feet or high shoes.....not that I have the latter.

Booked into a cool albergue for 5 E. this very old and built around a cobblestoned courtyard. Girl in my room has walked from Austria and started in July!!!!!!

Have another big day tomorrow - about 37 km so have booked my luggage to be transported for 14 E.

Went to the super mercado and got more suncream, a late 4 pm lunch and some breakfast snacks for the morning So tired I just ate the rest of my lunch for dinner, used a 2E foot massage machine and was in bed by 8.15......totally exhausted!

Courtyard in my albergue

Courtyard in my albergue


Entrance to Albergue from cobblestoned street

Entrance to Albergue from cobblestoned street


Shadow company

Shadow company


Painted on the road as I went through a village

Painted on the road as I went through a village


The long bridge into Hospital Orbigo

The long bridge into Hospital Orbigo

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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