Villar Mazarife to Hospital de Orbigo – 14.3K

This entry is part 27 of 29 in the series Part 3: Puente la Reina to Astorga

El Caminero (250€, inc. dinner)

We are up at 6:00 AM, have breakfast at 6:30, and already almost everyone has left.  We leave about 7:15 and are joined by Karl and family.  It is dark and very cold again.  The walking is very flat here, through cornfields.  We carry on until 10:15 and stop in a small dumpy town for C&CC and potato chips.  I have been wearing tights under my shorts with a vest and gloves for the past two days and need to perform a big change out of this when the day turns hot, around 11:00.  It’s always a challenge to find a changing spot, but I manage.  Crossing a very long bridge, we arrive in Hospital de Orbigo at 12:15 PM and find our B&B.  Alas, it does not open until 1:00 and does not serve lunch.  So, back to town where nothing is open for lunch until 1:00.  We stop at a bar and have glasses of Rose and Coca Cola, with tapas.  Finally, we sit down in a restaurant on the Rio Orbigo.  We share ensalata mista, spaghetti carbonara, and flan, all surprisingly good.  We wander back to our B&B and check in at 2:45.  The place is charming.  The shower is amazing with shooters all about.  We have a great nap in the big bed and are up at 5:30 for small town exploration.  Dinner at El Caminero features local specialties: dried beef, pumpkin soup, tuna croquettes with ratatouille, and a chocolate pudding.  The meal is expensive and not very good, though the wine is excellent.

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