I checked out of Hospital de Orbigo at 6.30 and headed out across the fields and passed a cow shed with milking in progress. There is always a village with a bar serving breakfast for pilgrims and I had my first coffee of the day with a croissant. Two ladies from England joined me and we walked together. It’s quite rare to meet people from England on the Camino.
We stopped at a little oasis in the middle of fields offering fruit juices, herbal teas and accommodation purely on a donation basis. A man and his girlfriend have been running this place for 7 years and he keeps a lamp lit in case any pilgrims pass during the night.
It was great to finally catch up with Susangilbert.com in Astorga, who I first met just after Pamplona and has been just ahead of me ever since. She has a blog like mine but much more professional with all sorts of data downloaded from her Apple Watch.