El Camino: Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga

Todays Trek: Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga

The walk from Villadangos to Astorga was predictably long and hot but surprisingly fun.

As we walked out of Villadangos we came across a man and I began to speak to him. Immediately I concluded he was from Mexico. We talked quite a bit and I learned a lot about him including that he has run two 3 hour full marathons. He and three friends are walking the camino while a fourth (5 total) drives a rental car in support of them. They sometimes separate and walk alternate paths but the eat and sleep together.

We separated when he joined his pals for a late breakfast. We saw them later when they caught up to us at the Rio Orbigo.

We continued on and eventually we caught up to one of the men who chose not to walk the alternate route with his pals. We talked and laughed and I learned a great deal bout his family business. he is a chemical engineer.

My new friend took this picture for me.

We parted after catching up to Judy at the statue of a pilgrim whose gourd pours water into his mouth if you close off the faucet on the potable fountain. He was happy taking pictures and waiting for his friends as I walked on thinking I was closer to Astorga than I actually was.

I thought a lot about these gents whose wives will join them in Santiago on October 6. I thought about how easily they laughed and how their camaraderie made them so happy. They are having a blast.

I also thought how they travelled to France to start their trek and crossed into Spain without a border check and into the open arms of a country that only wants you to enjoy your adventure whether it spiritual or athletic.

St James

The world should not have borders. God made it for all of us.


Siempre pa’ adelante!


About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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