(So due to poor wifi, I took notes and will start posting our pilgrimage now)
Day 2: June 3rd.. Villavante to Astorga.
After staying at such a nice little home with the nicest hosts it was hard to leave. Breakfast was great but we had to head out
We hit the road, 14 miles ahead of us but we were blessed with another beautiful day. We only had to walk a few kilometers to get to our first town, Hospital de Órbigo. The famous roman bridge is how we entered the town.
The morning is always the easiest. Your fresh, you just ate and it's cool outside. But as the day wears on you get weaker, more tired and you just want to lay down. We had a lot of open sun today with no shade. Good thing for hats!
As we were walking we entered a small town. I always like to find the church and see if it's open. You are always in for a big surprise. Time to rest and say some prayers.
The nice part of the Camino is everyone walks at their own pace, so you always have some quiet time for prayers as you walk. Today as we were walking up and down and a little more up and down. It made me think of our lives. How we have the ups and we have the downs and just like the Camino all you can do is just keep going. Knowing that you can handle these ups and downs because you are walking with God!
We were truly blessed today as we were walking and just when we needed a break we came across this little trail magic! Wonderful guy with a stand, snacks, fruit, drinks all for just a donation. It was a treat, he even had peanut butter!!
The last few kilometers are tough! Your brain knows you are close and things start getting sore. Pray, pray and pray!!
But when you make it, look at the beauty you find!!
Buen Camino and God Bless!!
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen