Day 23 – Mandilla de las Mulas to Leon

Posted from León, Castile and León, Spain.

It’ll be a shirt post today.

I headed out as usual after a nice breakfast of coffee con leche, zumo and tortilla. The sky looked overcast but I could see the full moon through the clouds. As I crossed the bridge leaving town I could see the old protective wall.

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For the first time the walk was along the shoulder of a relatively busy highway. Not ideal but it didn’t last too long.

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The day turned out to be very nice after yesterday’s rain. It was cool and crisp. The sky was partly cloudy and very blue. I spotted some cows behind some cat tails and an old house with mountains in the distance.

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The city arrived. They do a good job of weaving the pilgrims around the highways as we enter even providing pilgrim bridges to cross over.

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The path went through the city by apartments and stores. Eventually I crossed through an old wall and was in the old city. Pedestrian, old and very European. Really nice. I had booked a hotel and it’s within a block of the cathedral in the old city. It has wooden floors and old staircases, much like last nights albergue but tonight I sleep alone. I rested, wandered about, had some tapas and visited the cathedral.

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As I walked back I saw a Texas boot store. I contemplated getting some but figured I didn’t need the extra weight.

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Tomorrow I’ll tour the city. I may even splurge and get a massage.