May 14th, 2018. Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga, Spain. Camino de Santiago.
After an uneasy night, coughing and spluttering in a private room at my albergue (so as not to get anyone else sick), I headed back on the trail for a short walk today.
Like every Spanish mile, what was to be 16km turned into 21km. Oh well. I made it another day. I have now walked 478km.
The walk was fairly easy today, even though it drizzled most of the way (and cleared completely as we walked into Astorga – of course!)
I walked the entire way with a woman from California. As I’ve said before, conversation makes the kilometres go by. Before we knew it, we were 10km in and stopping for morning tea at the top of a hill where a guy had set up a makeshift stand serving pilgrims, with it all based on donations. It was an abundance of choice!
Once in Astorga, we grabbed a quick lunch (by Spanish standards) before my new friend and I parted ways. By then I was ready to check in to my hotel and take a nap!
A cough consumed me for a while. Seriously, I can’t seem to catch a break between the knees, ankle, back, toes …and now this! But I have another private room and I will take full advantage.
I am listening to my body. After Burgos, it’s one lesson I have most definitely learned. I will rest. I’m here in Astorga for two nights. I want to wander a little as I’m eager to check out the Gaudi Palace, the Cathedral as well as the Chocolate Factory. Yes, I said its a rest day… and it will be. I mean, it means I get to sleep past 6 am! 🙂 Yes, it’s the little things…