“Well Howdy There Pilgrim”

It is NOT what you think it is...well...not the whole thing!

It is NOT what you think it is…well…not the whole thing!

June 4, 2014

“Howdy Pilgrims. Suck it up.”

Well, it kinda feels like we are bad pilgrims because we took a bus, are staying in a private room, with a shower/ bathroom next door and are being fed homemade paella, with fresh bread and salad and something yummy for dessert and in the morning we get fed this great tostada potato thing that is like quiche but only better and we paid a lot for this luxury-50€.

BUT there is a good reason why we justified doing this. Several in fact. First off, after we left the most wonderful, beautiful, luxurious albergue in Roncesvalles ( ran by the collegiate church, funded by the Navarre government- the place is amazing! They will wash, dry and fold your clothes for 2.70€. One volunteer made us this delicious pasta meal, just because) it started to rain. We had been advised by pilgrims in our forum group not to risk walking down a slippery part of the trail if it was raining. All of their advice we have heeded and it has paid off by doing so. We thought we could walk a few miles to a town and catch the bus there, but we were informed that the bus left at 9:20 am and there was just one bus that picked people up along the way.
So we walked a mile to a small town and waited for the bus there. We wanted to walk to get a feel of our full packs since we hadn’t sent along the heavy stuff this time. Along the way we stopped at the mini store and picked up fresh bread, cans of coke and some salami.

The bus picked us up ( after asking directions…in Spanish…thanks to Abby) and for 3.40€ took us to Larrasona 27 km. We bypassed the slippery part, and as we drove further to the location, the rain increased. Good decision on our part. However, we arrived there so quickly we decided to put on our ponchos and set out heading towards Pamplona since it was 10:30 and we figured that this was considered an easy part, why not walk as far as we could before we rested.

Well, off we set through fields and tree covered trails that contain mud and a slippery pathway that was covered with slabs of rock that are supposed to aid those in walking, but really just make you slip when they are wet. The German group, walked very quickly along the trail. No slipping for them, but not so for us. In fact, there was barbed wire hanging out from the side of the path that caught Abby in her backside. Ouch! On top of her peewee toe that has developed a painful blister, she was not a happy camper.

So we pressed on. We came to a cafe/inn that had wifi. It was drizzly. We were hungry. Something is wrong with my backpack- it isn’t fitting right like it has done in the past. We sit to relax, eat, use the restroom, catch up on the going-ons back home and decided to stay the night. It was almost 12:30. We have walked 4 miles today. But, we have a room to ourself to air out our wounds.

Yes…in the picture is a side shot of part of my boob. Now don’t go gasping about my porno shot, you can see this when I wear my bathing suit! Anyway, last week I got bit by a bug while sleeping in the airport. Since then, it was itchy, I scratched, it festered, has kept getting wet and was being rubbed raw by my purse strap. YIKES! I have been taking care of it, but it really needs to be dry. Not like I can walk around topless in an albergue ( though the men think it is ok to wear their tiny speedos while freely walking in the sleeping area). So, Abby and I are both air drying our wounds in the comfort of our private room.

We splurge now, but will be cutting back later. It all evens out in the end. However, I am going to have to send my heavy item ahead each day due to the weight of my pack and it not working right. Now THAT is an unexpected turn of events. So go to my gofundme.com/8hte10 and help out if you feel so inclined to do so. As you have been reading, we aren’t living high on the hog.
Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your support. Due to lack of time, I am unable to answer each person, but we do read them.


6 thoughts on ““Well Howdy There Pilgrim”

  1. susanawee

    Love your catch-up stories and love your outfits in that photo at the Mileage sign. The bug bites are a bit of a worry…..do go and get some proper treatment for them. As for your pack Shawna…….get rid of half of what you are carrying….you really do not need too many changes of clothing. Be very careful of those slugs and other ‘bitey, crawly, creepy’ insects etc. along the way……I returned from the Camino last year with a really nasty case of MRSA infection due to some infected bites…..just be very, very careful please, cos some of theses infections are very, very hard to get on top of…….Hugs to you both….. you are inspiring.

  2. aliciameldrum

    It all makes for great reading! Emma asked me to show her your blog, I showed her the picture of you with the slug, she said “Mrs. Adam loves bugs!”. Safe travels!

  3. SM Monroe

    Opened your photo at BK and while trying to make it smaller managed to enlarge it to full screen. I’m sure the guys sitting nearby nearly fell off their seats at what they thought they were seeing LOL

  4. aloarb53

    Didn’t need to look for one, so don’t know for certain. But I expect that there’s an outfitter in Pamplona. Check to see what they can do about your pack. And get a farmacia to treat that body part! Eeeeeekkkkk!

  5. Lee Hall

    Girl’s. ..Starting any adventure is some times a little
    Scratchey to start. First of all make sure your packing the backpack properly. Light on the bottom..heavier in the middle..odds and ends on top. You probably brought a few thing extra everyone does, nows the time to loose them. Leave the stuff or send it ahead.
    Wounds and feet..VASELINE..keeps things dry. Every time you change your socks vase line your feet. At least a couple times a day. When you get to Pamplona go to a Phamacia get some toe caps and compseed bandages for your blisters. Ask them how to apply. Let them suggest something for wounds and bites. Don’t get to down at this point things will iron out..
    The climb to Alto del Perdon is long..just keep on truckin. After the Perdon it’s a long down hill..go slow and have plenty of water. When you hike long distances you Must keep hydrated and change your socks. This will help keep you blister free.
    The Camino is a series of peaks and valleys and so your Camino Spirit will begin to form. I kind of thought of this as a Indian sweat lodge.
    Buy the time you decend into Santiago you will be different people. Prayers for you..Buen Camino

  6. Mormon Soprano

    Only you, Shawna…only you… o_O *facepalm*
    Glad you are taking care of yourselves. I hope the weather, (and all your parts), will dry soon and things will be smoother sailing along the Way. I wonder why the pack is not fitting right? Perhaps it’s just due to not having worn it the past 2-3 days and you need to adjust to the extra weight. Or, perhaps you should consider lightening the load? Buen Camino!


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