Day 1 was mostly pain. I left my Burgos Albergue (bunkhouse) at 7 am on Monday morning. By 11 am, my legs, lower back and shoulders were in constant pain or discomfort. I walked until 4 pm and arrived to Hontanas, somewhere around 27 km from Burgos. Pain and exhaustion. I know in two or three days the pain will disappear mostly and instead there will be exhaustion.
I didn’t know whether to expect cramping after the first days walk. I am not in very good shape but no cramps and only one small blister so far. I went to sleep at 8 pm last night and woke up five time during the night. I think my waking was related to the level of charge on my batteries. I woke at 11:30 pm when my battery charge passed the critical stage, then again at 2, 4 and 7 am when my batteries finally reached full charge. I woke up feeling great.
2nd day is finishing at another walk of approximately 27km. The last 5km was a killer.
I am learning some things on this walk.
1. It is always really interesting to meet other pilgrims. The first night in Burgos I went out to eat and drink with an Irishman that hugged me as soon as I walked in the door of the albergue, which threw me off a bit. After a couple of beers, the Irishman told me I was a beautiful person when I was 20 yrs old, but now that I am managing an online store I am part of the problem not the solution. …???… After learning this interesting tidbit I basically ditched the dude. Irish or not you have to talk sense.
I met Federico from Chile and also Joe from Argentina/Italy/Spain. Low key guys easy going and fast walkers.
2. What is going on? Of the 3 bar restaurants in Castilla y Leon I have eaten at so far,..none have served extra virgin olive oil. They serve cut rate poor quality olive oil. Crazy. In Andalusia, a restaurant’s character is revealed by the quality of olive oil. What is going on here? I will find out and report back.
Well, day two is in the books and I am looking forward to sawing logs and seeing some country tomorrow. Thanks for reading and commments are always welcome. Steve