Day 29 of the Camino Wander – Ploughing Through The Kilometers

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May 13th, 2018.  Villar de Mazarife to Hospital de Orbigo, Spain. Camino de Santiago.

 

After 15 minutes of debating with myself whether to take my rain/wind jacket, logic prevailed – thank godness!

 

I began my day completely discombobulated. I heard a fellow pilgrim say it was 1 degree C (34 F).

When I checked the weather before walking, it said it wasn’t to reach 10 C but the wind chill would make it seem much lower. It was freezing! Bundled, I walked briskly for 10km, walking a long stretch of what I can only assume as an old Roman road with its telltale signs of a straight line and ditches on either side.

 

It was pretty monotonous today. No one was chatty, as it seemed the consensus was to plough through and get to our own destination as quickly as possible. Everyone was bundled from head to toe, so conversations were difficult at best.

After stopping for warmth, a (crap) cup of coffee and finally a toilet (there are no facilities along the Camino, other than in towns), I walked the remaining 6km. With the sun out and more protection from the wind, I enjoyed it a little more but I have to admit: the wind beats the starch out of you.

Conversations do help make the kilometres tick over, that’s for sure! I had a few brief ones but would have appreciated a few more for the distraction from the weather!

 

When I finally arrived at my Albergue, a private room awaited. I’m relieved to have it. 

 

But, it seems the universe isn’t done testing my resilience just yet.

I’m coming down with something – a cold or simply after-affects to an allergic reaction to lavender in last night’s Albergue. Yep, I’m allergic of lavender. Weird thing I know. It could be just from the wind. But I am feverish and feel as if I’ve been hit with a baseball bat. So there is that.

 

I am going to do a short day tomorrow (14km) and then rest two nights. I realized today that it’s been over 8 days since I had a rest day so maybe it’s just my body needing rest.  I thought, since I am not walking as far each day, that I could push on. I guess not!

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  1. June 29, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    Another person allergic to lavender!! I’m sorry to say, but somehow this warms my heart because when I say I am allergic to lavender, people look at me like I’m an alien, or something similar. It’s a weird thing to be allergic to, as you know. There is wild lavender between Astorga and Rabanal, that I didn’t expect on my second wander and then again just before El Acebo (after Cruz de Ferro) until Molineseca. Don’t be afraid to catch a taxi in these spots, because it’s not worth your health. DO walk between Rabanal up to Cruz de Ferro and down to El Acebo and load up on antihistamines if you can. The views are amazing. It was one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of the Camino with wild flowers everywhere. The lavender is only right before El Acebo. Buen Camino!! Enjoy every moment.

  2. June 1, 2019 / 1:02 am

    You are a brave soul doing it in summer. It’s 30 on the Camino today and blistering hot to walk distances in. Early mornings will be key!

  3. Tricia
    April 10, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    Very interesting blog so far, Im hoping to do the French way in late August /September, so now reading all I can. I am also allergic to lavender, runny nose, swollen eyes etc, etc, so looking forward to that.

  4. T Groen
    April 10, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    Very interesting blog so far, Im hoping to do the French way in late August /September, so now reading all I can. I am also allergic to lavender, runny nose, swollen eyes etc, etc, so looking forward to that.

  5. Tricia Groen
    April 10, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    Very interesting blog so far, Im hoping to do the French way in late August /September, so now reading all I can. I am also allergic to lavender, runny nose, swollen eyes etc, etc, so looking forward to that.

  6. January 28, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    I think that was the consensus for everyone on that part of the trail that day!

  7. Amanda
    January 26, 2019 / 8:43 pm

    Oh man, I remember that day, it was bloody cold. I don’t remember what town I was in but as we walked out there was a flashing neon sign over a shop showing the date, time and temperature. 1 degree. And the poor kiwis were freezing. It was a brutal day, cold, windy and wet all day. I think we all wanted to go somewhere and hibernate.

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