What’s with the hills in Spain?!?
Sept 1, Puenta La Reina, Spain
18.2 km, start 7:30 am – 4:00
Just being in Spain is a miracle but walking the Camino, WOW! This morning was a late start and on the Camino, late is 7 am. Mostly it was because we hurt like hell!!! We decided to get the Pilgrim’s breakfast at the Albergue Jakue because we didn’t find anything open yesterday until lunch. It was another crummy toast, crummy coffee, and tiny Orange juice … For 5 euros EACH!!! Oh well.
The walk out of town was tough but do able. We stopped to buy out shell that ID’s us as Pilgrim’s on the way out. And we get to drink free wine out of it tomorrow!
The Hills of Spain
We had a nice walk until we ran into another hill. At least this one didn’t tease us with the top in view. It was a nice path that snaked around to the top but really took the wind out of us early. We did meet 2 nice couples while I was putting some moleskin in my baby toe. More on both later.
After the crazy climb of there was some down hill time of course. This is where Michelle’s problems come in. Her blister was getting worse. Thankfully another town was coming up.
So far one of my highlights was the town of Maneru. We found a fountain to fill our water bladders (did I forget to mention I ran out of drinking water yesterday?) and met some ladies from Italy and our friends from the bottom of today’s HILL. We had a nice little rest and chatted a bit in the shade while I worked on my feet.
The next town, Ciraqui had its moments but wasn’t too bad. There were a few up and downs for our sore feet. We had a snack, I bandaged mine and Michelle’s toe, then hiked up a 45-degree
street. Not what we needed, then back down again. And the next 5.7 seemed to be all hills for our sore, aching feet and bodies. The last push seemed like the Devil himself was testing us on this holy pilgrim quest … But we made it to Lorca.
Making Camino friends in Spain
After another simple meal of Ham & cheese sandwiches and set out again. This time the path seems to be cooperating and even if it was hot.
Just before the next town, Michelle brought up that our Hill friends were staying in the next town, not Estella like we were aiming for. After a VERY short discussion, we decided to end our day early in Villatuerta with our hill friends from Seattle and Hawaii.
We went to two bars and had some interesting conversations at the second bar to learn how to say “hot” in Spanish three different ways for three different purposes. It was a nice night here.
After a walk around town, we came back to find out hill friend playing guitar and singing while we blogged. All in all and a good end to a tough day.
Hopefully blog again tomorrow.
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