Days walked: 12
Kilometres walked: 267
Kilometres to Santiago: 514
Injuries: Ady (now loving wearing sandals) 2 stable blisters, knee happy; Anne unhappy knee; Karen happier tendon in foot.
Weather: Mostly sunny
Life lesson: Always look for signs, and follow them
Today we decided we were going to be good pilgrims and start walking before dawn (after a 1030am start yesterday gasp!) We were up bright as buttons and planned to walk even further than the next stage suggested. In our enthusiasm we misread the signs (you follow yellow arrows and scallop shells across Spain in the walk) and ended up walking our longest day yet 30km and all feel happy and healthy. We've ended up in a very cute village called Ages. Five is now seven with Sergio from Brazil and Marcel from Germany adding to our numbers.
A slight diversion in emerging light,
down a quiet forest-lined path,
Ended up the day's delight.
We started early,
turning serious in our quest.
Onwards, upwards, extra kilometres,
But as the dawn revealed itself,
we found ourselves astray.
Somehow, somewhere, we had fallen off the way.
Follow the yellow signs.
The Cardinal Rule broken in our enthusiasm.
The sandy path grew golden in the morning light
As we foraged for breakfast.
Away from the highway and the real world.
A distraction from the steep hills - singing.
Ali knows me too well, and I'm delighted.
Here is our work (to The Gambler)
You've got to know when to wake up,
Know when to make up.
Know when to walk along,
Know when to stop.
You never count your kilometres,
When you're walking the Camino.
There'll be time enough for counting,
When the wifi's on.
Now every pilgrim knows that the secret to survival,
Is knowing where the toilets are,
And knowing where there's none.
Every town's a winner,
And every blister bruising.
The best that you can hope for is a feed and a good night's sleep.