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We finally hit the trail and started walking after reciting Morning Prayer on the van drive from Leon to Astorga. Each day each of our pilgrims receives a card with a biblical quote relating to the Camino and some questions to help him or her reflect upon it. We carry these with us to focus our minds on God and the things that really matter most in life as we walk and spend the day. The Camino gives you lots of time to reflect on life as the noise and busyness of ordinary living is let go and we are free to give ourselves to walking with God. We walked on foot into Astorga – an ancient Roman legion outpost with Roman ruins excavated right along the man street. We toured Antonio Gaudí’s Episcopal Palace, which is a remarkable building, the Roman Museum, and the stunning cathedral which was built over several centuries. For all the riches, beauty, and history that we are absorbing, the interesting and deep, quality conservations that we are having while walking or over meals has to be the greatest gift of the Camino. Our group is bonding like a happy family. How blessed we are to have an incredible church of remarkable people and to walk in the footsteps of countless pilgrims.