There’s a saying that The Camino will provide. Nice, eh. Pragmatic me thinks the notion a little fanciful. I like to be prepared for eventualities in a scouting sort of way, I suppose. As I explained to John, back in my younger, pre-John days – yes, they are a thing – when I belonged to a tramping club, the great shame would not be to get lost in the New Zealand bush but to be lost and unprepared.
So we have a first-aide kit with us, practical in size, to cover likely eventualities such as blisters. You know the requirements: band-aides, tape, antiseptic, even antibiotics … just in case.
This morning I was taping up my foot when our room mate asked in halting English whether I have blisters. I nodded. She offered me her blister treatment, saying, it’s her last day today. In Belorado she catches a bus home to Madrid.
What she gave me is like a silicone gel which you tape to your foot. And, let me tell you, compared to the harsh reality of a burning sensation at every step it is like walking on air.
I only mention the blisters because, well, today The Camino did provide – I wouldn’t want anyone to think I have become obsessed with my feet! And, just so you know, at least in part thanks to walking on air – almost – things are no worse. The walk to VilaMayor del Rio was even enjoyable.
We crossed from La Rioja to the region of Castile y Leon.
According to our guide book we’ll spend at least half our walking time in this region.
Our albergue tonight is off the beaten track.
It’s a small family run business, not dissimilar to a farm stay. We’re enjoying the peace and quiet. The only down side is that reception is very poor so we’ve walked to a nearby restaurant (it’s reasonably flash considering this village has a population of 50) for a drink and to use their wifi.
Autumn is settling in. The afternoons are hot, the evenings cool and as you can see most of the crops are in. I haven’t seen any swallows for about three days, now. Maybe they have already headed south.
At the albergue there are peppers and beans drying in the yard.
All along the way there are huge haystacks. Tomorrow, we are planning a slightly longer day – approximately 16 kilometres. I think it’ll be fine, thanks to the help of our walking companion.