Started the Camino 5 days ago in Pamplona on a rainy Friday morning. It was perfect since I love the rain. I knew it would be all uphill half way, once outside the city, and downhill the rest of the day. Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, it was hard. I felt accomplished at the end of the day and utterly exhausted. Taking care of my gear first(scraping the mud off and washing the muddy pants and then hanging them to dry), I found out that the hostel had a bathtub. Scooooore!
I love European bathtubs as they are so much deeper than the ones we have at home. I was thinking of going to the store to get some bubble bath and a candle, but just couldn’t bring myself to walk one more step. What a luxury. I didn’t eat that night, although protein is so very important for muscle recovery as well, I didn’t care. I walked 17 miles or 42000 steps and burned 1300 calories. I also lived on my little homeopathic remedy that day. Arnica is working wonders.
The countryside is so familiar to me. It looked a lot like my grandmas countryside in my childhood. Green fields of wheat and oats, not ready for harvest just yet. At times it looks a lot like California. Brush and Spanish broom plants everywhere. They were just in bloom before I left California.
…..and wine and olive trees everywhere.
I have been walking through the Rioja wine region, and the wines are spectacular. I will be back one day to spend more time here and enjoy the wines and foods that go along with it.
I have been walking around 16 miles per day, with the exception of yesterday. My feet didn’t want to walk anymore, and so I walked 9 miles and then took the bus to the hostel. Maybe it was because I walked a lot on pavement exploring Logroño. My feet are holding up great. I had one blister on the ball of my right foot big toe that I sliced open, drained and applied coconut oil for antibiotic after the first day. It hasn’t bothered me since.
I’ll write again soon.
Buenas noches mis amigos💜