Villar de Mazarife to Astorga

Day Forty One. 32.0 K., *19.9 Mi.

Written on June 9, 2014.

*I mentioned in an earlier post that I am relying more on my pedometer than the accuracy of the mileage in my guidebook. Today we saw a woman with a spray paint can painting yellow arrows on the road in the opposite direction of the already established arrows….she sprayed silver paint over the yellow arrows already in place. I will no longer make a note that I am using the mileage from my pedometer.

Storks on top of a water tower.

I have heard many times on the Camino that you always see the same person twice. I am not sure how many times we have seen Steve Allen from Michigan but many days have passed.

Vern and Steve Allen.

Vern had just stepped outside of a bar in Hospital de Orbigo to speak to Angel on the phone when Steve walked by. Everyone has a “story” of challenge and triumph….Steve is no exception. He had been dealing with a strained leg when he had devised a system to elevate his leg in an Albergue.

A creative waymarker area.

A donation stand on the way to Astorga.

The man in the yellow shirt on the right and some friends have set up a food/beverage stand for all Pilgrims!


Puente La Reina to Estella

Day Forty Seven. 13.6 Miles, 21.9 Kilometers

Written on June 5, 2012.

We all seem to be leaving around the same time: 6:30 a.m. It is good to walk three or four hours before it starts to get hot.

Just after crossing the bridge, leaving Puente La Reina I looked around just in time to see a reflection of the town in the still river water.

Puente La Reina.

Approaching Cirauqui is a beautiful sight. When Vern saw it he said that it looked like the Emerald City.


We took a break in Cirauqui to have a snack and visit with orher Pilgrims. On the way out of the village I noticed that a Pilgrim had stepped off the Camino to take a picture. I was curious and walked over to where he was standing. I could not believe what I was seeing:

The world made out of carefully placed tires!