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Published: September 29th 2016
Well, we didn't get bedbugs, so I figure the blurred red marks on my sheet may have been an 'inconsistent ' part of the floral print pattern rather than stains; I hope! I slept pretty well and was on the road again at 6.45. The day was meant to be hot, it was, so it's better not to be wandering around in Spain in the heat of the day with no shade in sight. Today we walked for extended periods on tracks next to highways but I don't think it affect the peaceful nature of the walking and there were numerous villages to have a break at, or just pass through.
Yesterday I rebought all the toiletries necessary as I thought l had left my toilet bag at Nájera. The bag was the only item I was disappointed to lose. As I climbed the last stair to our floor, I glanced in our room and saw that it had slipped under the bed, where I had had a cursory glance before heading to the supermarket . I'm pretty covered for the Camino now.
Onto Dutch pilgrims . We have met a number of Dutch folk since starting in SJPP
but probably the most notable have been Corrine, a thirty something adventurer who has guided in Nepal among other things, and Mattanja and Hans, two mates who only had time to go to Pamplona.
Matt is about 193cms and Hans is 2 metres tall; big guys. Arriving at the Alburgue in Larrasoaña , Matt was walking stooped over with his legs well apart as a result of two very painful knees. Corrine spotted him , and in front of a large group seated in the garden announced, " MattAnna, have you pooed yourself?" . This guy has no shame and went on to describe in detail, which I won't, about all the drugs he had been offered by people during the day, including a blue pill that he now believed was Viagra, and went on to inform us that he had to stop walking for 3 hours as a result of it. The juries still out on that yarn. Corrine also gave us the perfect solution if you have chaffing on your hips from your pack strap. If Vaseline doesn't work, stick panty liners on each hip and it's problem solved. There is little privacy on this walk and
people's private info and wild theorys are there for all.
Today we are staying at Alburgue Cuantos Cantones, the same place as last time, and I'm 3 beds from my previous location, right near the door. For Sue and Tim, it's the place with the storks nests on top of the church and a castle's ruins to visit, which Tim and I did. There's a pool, no thanks, and a great backyard to relax in. They have a community meal tonight which I think is worth a try.
Tomorrow we head to San Juan de Ortega, 24.5 kms uphill but from memory it was a good days walking, with the Monumentos a Los Caidos, dedicated to all the people who were killed during Francos reign. You walk with forests to your left and wind power on the right.. You pass through a few villages early, before a 12.4 stretch to St Juan..
Well, its 3.10 in the afternoon and I'm off to explore the village, adios.
A brief update; it's now 9.30pm and we had a delicious dinner at the Alburgue restaurant ; €11.50 . Oh, and John and Irena both dropped their iPhones within an
A bit of 'lint?' and a few stains don't ruin a good sleep.
hour of each other and broke the screens. I have dealt with 8 blisters, some small, some not, and are ready for a 23km climb. Up is definitely better than doown and it's Burgos in 2 days for a break. It's all good!
Tot: 0.066s; Tpl: 0.021s; cc: 13; qc: 31; dbt: 0.0142s; 1; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb