Today’s distance: 13.6 km
Total distance: 164.7 km.
Elevation gain: 349 metres
Weather: Mostly sunny; cool
Highlight: Two Sore Feet!
I added 1 km onto the All Trails statistics because I forgot to start recording until I had walked to the nearby town of Torres del Rio.
Not many pictures were taken today because all I could think about were my sore feet! It’s funny (not funny ha ha) how something as tiny as a blister can cause such pain! Help wasn’t available at the farmacia because they close at 2 PM on Saturdays. The sign said nothing about Sunday hours, so I assume it won’t be open at all. My only chance to get help at the farmacia is on Monday morning before leaving Logrono. It would be easy to apply Compeed to a heel blister that is somewhat flatter, but how on earth do you surround a baby toe with it? I shall soon find out. Maybe I’ll even show you.
One pilgrim showed me how the Compeed is helping her blister problem. It looks like a solid plastic shield. The warning given about using Compeed is to let it wear off naturally. If you force it off, more than the Compeed will come off. Sounds ugly, doesn’t it?! There won’t be a restorative pedicure happening very soon…
At least I made it to Viana from Sansol today, even though Logrono was my scheduled destination. That would have been a 21.0 km walk and I was done after 13.6 km.
I am staying tonight at the Andres Munoz Municipal Albergue. Originally a monastery, it was acquired and transformed into a pilgrim hostel by one of the great amigos of the way, Andres Munoz. It is a big facility with 54 beds in four rooms. It has a big lounge/kitchen/dining hall.
I was going to write, “This Albergue is nothing to write home about…” but that’s exactly what I am doing, isn’t it? I could complain (but I won’t) about how dark my room is and how there were no paper sheets to cover the rubber mattress and pillow. Instead, we should all be grateful to have a bed, shelter, shower, and a place to make a meal, all for only 8 Euros.
Fabio, a fellow pilgrim who hails from Italy, invited three of us to join him for spaghetti dinner. He also provided the bread, lettuce/olive oil/salt (simple salad ingredients), and vino tinto. He said the vino cost only 1.5 Euros. He squeezed the bottle empty!
Since Fabio spoke no English, he used his translator to let us know that the tomatoes in Spain are not as good as the ones in Italy, so he substituted with ketchup. Surprisingly it was very good pasta with sauce and pasta in equal quantities. The Japanese pilgrim who took this selfie with the rest of us in the background said it was the best pasta she has ever had!