Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday, October 11

We are in Villafranca del Bierzo today. A beautiful town in an up and coming wine region. It is a long week-end in Spain as well so the town is humming. I took the bus today from Poferrada to give my leg a rest. It is an awful feeling. You become a walking junkie, and stopping is horrible. I am more exhausted from sitting around than I am from walking. There has been a bed-bug problem at the albergue so I am crossing my fingers.

I walked about 18k´s from Rabanal but could not go one step further. Not only was I in pain, but my leg was on fire. We got to the bar and I thought how am I going to ask the lady to call me a cab when who should appear but our little Brazilian friend who speaks Spanish...he got it all organized and saved the day. The most beautiful taxi arrived. A white merces Benz with leather interior and a smartly dressed driver who could not have been nicer. He took me to Poferrada where I found a pharmacy and stocked up. My concern was coming into the long week-end with everything closed and no ibuprofen. Out for dinner in Ponferrada, a not very good pilgrim meal but fun company and a good time.

We will see what tomorrow holds. I will try walking and see how it goes. I don´t think that I will make the 30 k`s as planned, but we will play it by ear. There is a Parador here and we are going to pay it a visit today. We made an inquiry about two nights at the Parador in santiago when we finish...788 euros . I don´t think so. Oh well.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope everyone has a wonderful day off. The weather here is spectacular today. Must be in the high 20´s. Again, enjoy.

Buen Camino


  1. I hope Gerry doesn't have to piggy back you the rest of the way. You both are such troopers. I'm happy the weather has been better than here. We did have some sun on Saturday but it has been under 10 Celsius. At least you are working off your food and wine. After all the turkey, potatoes, pie and whipped cream, not to mention wine, I think I should run another 1/2 marathon just to work off the calories. Keep us posted.

  2. Oh Les I wish that it was true that we work off our food and wine...we just don´t seem to be dropping even a pound.
    Congratulations on your last marathon perhaps you are ready to do another!!!
    Always good to hear from you.