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Camino de Santiago Day Twenty-four to Twenty-six

Villadangos del Páramo to San Justo to Castrillo de los Polvazares to Rabanal del Camino

On our way up out of the meseta we passed through the medieval festival in Hospital de Órbigo, which celebrates the story of the knight who defeated the other jousters and got the girl. Apparently this is the inspiration for Cervantes’ Don Quixote. A priest stopped to tell us the story while we were caring for our feet at the end of town. It was actually very sweet. He wrote a book on the Quixotic pilgrim who, like Cervantes' dreamer desires a better life for society, and for him or herself, and endures the pain to get there. The Camino is a quest inward to make a difference outwardly. He said the pain in our feet makes the Camino mean something to us. He blessed us.

As we crossed the mountain pass of Santo Toribio toward Astorga, with the red soil and blue-blue skies, we came across Diego who has provided pilgrims free food and drink for eight years. A shop owner in town provides him with fru…