Last night I stayed in La Virgen del Camino. The town is named for the miraculous sighting of the Virgin by a local shepherd. His vision has been translated several times into sculptures by artists. One of the sculptures is in this town in a modern looking church. The sculpture bears a resemblance to La Pieta by Michelangelo with the notable exception that Jesus is facing downward. I was able to visit the church yesterday afternoon.
Day 23: Today ended up being an 8 1/2 hour day- it took longer than I thought possibly because of the incredible heat. After one very long stretch which ended in Villavante, I met Orla from Ireland and Jeannie from South Africa. We all three remarked how long and dry that stretch was as we hydrated ourselves at the fountain in town. My destination today is Hospital de Orbigo; it is a beautiful town with a magnificent Roman bridge that has been restored. I have noticed the landscape is changing; I am seeing more corn fields, cattle, and less poppies. There is a lot of irrigation and many tractors in the fields plus manual labor working the soil.