Today was the longest walk by far: 30 km. It´s the last kilometers that kill the feet and the spirit, for sure. I started out feeling fantastic. Walked for most of the day by myself, but met up with friends and new folks along the way. By the end of a long, hot day I was feeling ready to quit walking, but Astorga was still 6.5 km away. Luckily, I met up with a familiar pilgrim who shuffled into town with me whistling and singing to keep our mind off our feet. We got into Astorga at 3 pm -- a full 8 hours of walking.
Back in Leon, there was a new wave of fresh pilgrims that joined the Camino. New packs, clean boots, bright-eyed and without blisters yet. I watched them marching forward thinking, "Just you wait until you get your first blister."
I haven´t been doing much sight seeing here, but the cathedral and building designed by Gaudi are interesting draws. Even though I didn´t want to spend a single second more on my feet, I ventured out to view these two intersesting buildings.
We had a working kitchen here in Astorga, so decided to cook for ourselves tonight. Dinner tastes better when shared with friends after a long day of walking.
Tomorrow, I will be walking only 20 km. I´m looking forward to an easier day than today.