Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 22: Villar de Mazarife to Astorga (November 21)

Lorna and Vicente cooked an amazing meal for everyone of pasta carbonara and lentils with vegetables. A great feast with great company.

The view as we´re about 3 kilometers from Astorga, our resting point for the evening.

David, from Barcelona. He lives right on the Camino and devotes himself to caring for pilgrims. He provides food and drink to those who pass by and he also cleans the path. I asked him if he gets lonely and he said he meditates and spends time with the pilgrims.

Puente de Órbigo. It´s one of the longest and best preserved medieval bridges in Spain. It dates from the 13th century. Here is a quote from our guide book written by John Brierly. ¨A noble knight from León, Don Suero de Quiñones, scorned by a beautiful lady, threw down the gauntlet to any knight who dared to pass as he undertook to defend the bridge (and presumably his honor) against all comers. Knights from all over Europe took up the challenge. Don Suero successfully defended the bridge for a month until the required 300 lances had been broken. Together with his trusted comrades he then proceeded to Santiago to offer thanks for his freedom from the bonds of love and for his honor, now restored.¨ (This was in 1434.)

Corn fields.....this day kind of reminded us of Wheaton.

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