It was a simple case of straight on today,
all morning, from 7:30 until just past midday.
We’d heard story after story about how hard this part of the walk is. Eighteen kilometres without a shop or a place to refill water. And so we stocked up with the essentials: water and chocolate. Oh, and fruit.
But really there was nothing to worry about. At the halfway mark there was a mobile cafe. We were carrying so much food, as well as extra water, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to stop there.
The absence of cafes means an absence of toilet facilities. Let’s just say that if you happen to step half a meter off the trail, especially near any trees, or large rocks which might offer a semblance of privacy, you’ll be confronted by evidence that many, many pilgrims do not understand the principle of take only photos, leave only footprints. It must be really gross for the local farmers to have their properties used in this manner. It’s a problem all along The Way. I reckon the Camino could do with a massive “Pack it in and Pack it Out” promotion.
The relentless straight on path is hard on shoes.
Having taken a good look at my shoes this afternoon, I doubt they’ll be coming home with me. I just hope they hold together long enough to get the job done.
We’re in a tiny village of Calzadilla de la Cueza (population 60). There are several albergues, a few houses, and one shop.
Tomorrow, we’re adding another 4 kilometres to our day. I’m hoping that my feet won’t notice if we step it up gradually.