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Day 17 Orbiga to Rabanal del Camino 38.5 km

Had the best sleep on the camino and didn't wake until 6.15 am!!! Walked till it was light with an Italian catholic priest , so we had an interesting conversation. We parted after 5.5 km and it was a pleasant walk through some woods and gorgeous sunrise views and over the city of Astorga from the top of the hill where a large cross was.

It was another 5 km to the lovely town of Astorga which has roman origins.

The town has several lovely plazas and I sat in the Plaza Mayor to have a bite to eat after walking 16 km without a break. I was joined by a man from Spain living in New York, another from Germany and a16 year old girl ( they are all walking together)....... the girl is walking all by herself !!!!!

The Spanish guy bought us all hot chocolates and churros which was actually a cup of melted chocolate but the churro was delicious dipped in it. I didn't have it all but would have needed to walk 50 km today to walk it off !!! In the square is a gorgeous building with an ornate clock where a man and woman dressed in Maragato clothes strike the bell. The cathedral is stunning. This area has the remains of Maragato culture dating back to the 7th century.

Leaving Astorga on my own I now had another 22 km on my own and I really was on my own and only saw 2 pilgrims in that whole time !!! A lot of long stretches and it was hot again!! Saw the Canadian lady from Leon in a little village of Santa Catalina de Somoza so had a quick coke with her. We're long hard stretches after that with a path mostly following the road. Was 4.9 km to El Ganso and then 7.1 km to Rabanal which wasn't very well signposted. This section could have had a few more yellow arrows!

Arrived at 3.15 pm and staying at a lovely albergue for 5 E called Del Pilar. Lovely little town with quite a few albergue's.

Found a lovely courtyard bar with wifi and sat there for awhile. Met 2 ladies from the USA and an Aussie who invited me to dinner with them. Then attended the mass in the church at 7 pm to hear the Gregorian chant. Full of people and parts were in English. Lovely town and albergue

Going off now to eat with an Aussie and 2 Americans I just met

Flowers in the village of Rabanal

Flowers in the village of Rabanal


Love these flowers

Love these flowers


Village street

Village street


My favourite part of the day

My favourite part of the day


Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun


And more

And more


Looking down to Astorga

Looking down to Astorga


Building in Astorga

Building in Astorga


My best picture!

My best picture!


Eating churros dunked in chocolate in Astorga

Eating churros dunked in chocolate in Astorga


Astorga museum

Astorga museum


The long lonely afternoon section to Rabanal

The long lonely afternoon section to Rabanal


1km to go to Rabanal

1km to go to Rabanal


Inside the albergue courtyard

Inside the albergue courtyard


Rabanal

Rabanal

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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