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Where is the "drinking pilgrim" statue?

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I have never seen this statue!
A pilgrim "drinks" from his gourd when you drink from the fountain.
Can someone tell me exactly where this is and approximately how far from Astorga it is?
Thanks.
 

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Before the green monster and about an hour before Astorga. 😎👣🌻
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The Green Monster - for the uninitiated - being the monstrous greenish, steel overpass that you must climb several landings on to walk over the high-speed train tracks.

It is ugly, but necessary to prevent pedestrian deaths - the trains are very fast. The vehicle crossing is closed.

Hope this helps.

Tom
 
I don't understand how you could miss this statue if you follow either camino from Hospital de Órbigo to Astorga. The Crucero de Santo Toribio is at the top of the hill, the statue of the drinking pilgrim [Sculpture "Sitio" (Tengo Sed) [I'm thirsty] (2014) by the artist Rosendo García Ramos 'Sendo' (1948- ).] is near the bottom of the hill, where the path meets the road. You can see it on Streetview.
 
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The Green Monster - for the uninitiated - being the monstrous greenish, steel overpass that you must climb several landings on to walk over the high-speed train tracks.

It is ugly, but necessary to prevent pedestrian deaths - the trains are very fast. The vehicle crossing is closed.

Hope this helps.

Tom
El monstruo verde
... with a (ahem!) view
 
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And after you have a drink of water you come to that green monster. I just stood and stared at that thing trying to figure out why it was like that.
Yup. I know the green monster.
I just have never paid any attention to the statue/fountain I guess.
Probably tired by the time I got there and just anxious to get over the highway and into my lodgings.
 
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Yup. I know the green monster.
I just have never paid any attention to the statue/fountain I guess.
Probably tired by the time I got there and just anxious to get over the highway and into my lodgings.
When was the last time that you walked that stretch? The statue has only been there since 2014.
 
When was the last time that you walked that stretch? The statue has only been there since 2014.
I've probably walked it 3 or 4 times since then, but I don't stop and fill up at many fountains. I'm not a big water drinker. Also, by the time I get near Astorga I'm usually just making a beeline. I've probably seen the statue from the back and ignored it - I just didn't know it "drank." :) This year I'll definitely pay attention.
 
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I have never seen this statue!
A pilgrim "drinks" from his gourd when you drink from the fountain.
Can someone tell me exactly where this is and approximately how far from Astorga it is?
Thanks.
On the down hill slope into Astorga - about 1 - 2 Kms before you reach the pedestrian cross over zig zag rail bridge. Best way to explain - before any buildings. It was a real pleasure to see this statue after such a long hot walk.
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
On the down hill slope into Astorga - about 1 - 2 Kms before you reach the pedestrian cross over zig zag rail bridge. Best way to explain - before any buildings. It was a real pleasure to see this statue after such a long hot walk.
Thanks. Several people have responded. :)
 
I don't understand how you could miss this statue if you follow either camino from Hospital de Órbigo to Astorga. The Crucero de Santo Toribio is at the top of the hill, the statue of the drinking pilgrim [Sculpture "Sitio" (Tengo Sed) [I'm thirsty] (2014) by the artist Rosendo García Ramos 'Sendo' (1948- ).] is near the bottom of the hill, where the path meets the road. You can see it on Streetview.
I was surprised how many pilgrims walked on past while I was there, never discovering this feature.
 
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I haven't seen this before - I guess it is after my time. Isn't there also an old, scarecrow-y statue along that route before you get to Astorga? Or did this replace it?
By the Way, at first I thought you were mocking my profile photo when you mentioned a statue of a drinking pilgrim.
 
Well, they have one there too just a different type of monster. I should have posted a photo along with the drinking pilgrim to give everyone a visual to the Camino green monster. Here ya go! 😎👣🌻 Isn’t she a beauty?

Sept 2013
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August 2019
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I have crossed this bridge more than once and never was really thrilled about it haha
 
I haven't seen this before - I guess it is after my time. Isn't there also an old, scarecrow-y statue along that route before you get to Astorga? Or did this replace it?
By the Way, at first I thought you were mocking my profile photo when you mentioned a statue of a drinking pilgrim.
I think it was there when you walked based on what you have written for the caminos/dates you have walked. I could be wrong of course
 
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I haven't seen this before - I guess it is after my time. Isn't there also an old, scarecrow-y statue along that route before you get to Astorga? Or did this replace it?
The scarecrow is shortly after Santibañez de Valdeiglesias, before the Crucero de Toribio.
 
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I have never seen this statue!
A pilgrim "drinks" from his gourd when you drink from the fountain.
Can someone tell me exactly where this is and approximately how far from Astorga it is?
Thanks.
He actually "drinks" - at least when the fountain is on.
 

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I have never seen this statue!
A pilgrim "drinks" from his gourd when you drink from the fountain.
Can someone tell me exactly where this is and approximately how far from Astorga it is?
Thanks.

Well, they have one there too just a different type of monster. I should have posted a photo along with the drinking pilgrim to give everyone a visual to the Camino green monster. Here ya go! 😎👣🌻 Isn’t she a beauty?

Sept 2013
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August 2019
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Here are a few more photos from the Green Monster that sets up the legs for the final uphill walk into Astorga.
 

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