Afraid I am off to not too great a start! Over the past while I have had some sensitivity on the ball of my right foot but nothing I thought I should worry about. How wrong I was! By the end of Day 1 (Ponferrada to Villafranca approx 20km), I had a rather large blister-like area on the ball of my right foot, making it extremely painful to put any weight on it. Add to this, my ankles and feet are swollen completely – dunno why. So I did not walk yesterday or today, but did make myself useful by doing laundry for everyone – all washed & dried on the same day – we are all at least sweet smelling.
Grace & Joe hit their 300km mark on Wednesday and are just blitzing along … and really loving the walking. They have met two Bostonians along the Way and we tend to have dinner with Mary & Nancy every night. Last night was my first Pilgrims Meal in Ruitelan in a private albuerge run by Luis and Carlos. Beautiful little place and Carlos is a magnificent cook – we ate like kings. Carrot soup followed by Salad Mixta, then spagetti carbonera and a delish lemon custard with cinnamon., wonderful!
Grace took a bunch of photos which, once she has uploaded them, I will post I promise. As expected, wifi is unrealiable and internet connections are sparse.
Joe leaves us tomorrow, he has to head south for a few days and will return to the Camino next week. Grace’s friend Finola will join us Sunday and I hope I will be back walking by then – fingers crossed.