Well today we backtracked across about 9 or so stages of the camino, crossing the Cantabrian mountain ranges at O´Cebreiro and Cruz de Ferro. We are now in Astorga, back in Castilla y León and out of Galicia. There are still lots of pilgrims out walking the camino even though it is almost November. The weather has cleared up and even though it was a cool start this afternoon is sunny and in the low 70´s. The little Peugot Diesel we are driving is a great little car, why can´t we have some like them in the USA? Guest blogger Kathy here; We had a nice little picnic lunch at Cruz de Ferro, munching on great Spanish bread, chorizo, cheeze, olives and John had sardines. YCCK! For desert, left over torte de Santiago from last night's dinner. The scenery was spectacular and just imagining John walking up that mountain was amazing!
We wanted to see the Gaudi designed bishop´s palace here this afternoon, but it is closed on Mondays. So we will wait around till 11 am tomorrow morning so Kathy can see it, too. It is definitely worth seeing and won´t really set us back too much time. It will then be about an hour´s drive to Leon, where we will also view the cathedral there tomorrow. We may still be able to see the cathedral here in Astorga this afternoon after 4 pm. And there is the old city to explore again and decide where to eat tonight among the large choice of restaurants.