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.
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