There’s some inconsistency in places to stay for the next couple of days. To accommodate for this, today was a shorter day (about 19km) and tomorrow will be a long day, about 30km we figure.
The distances listed on the Camino don’t seem accurate. We think that they don’t take into account the distance walking within the towns. Just from border to border. It makes quite a difference.
I walked again in my flip flops and could tell that my feet were a bit sore from wearing them yesterday. When weighing which problem is worse – the horrible, itchy hives or the ache on the bottom of my feet – I decided to keep walking in my flip flops.
After stopping for breakfast at a little campground cafe about 4km in, Karis, Mom and I fell into our own strides with Karis out front, me in the middle, and Mom in behind.
Most of the walk today was along the highway. Thankfully there was lots of room for pedestrians and the view was absolutely spectacular along the ocean the whole way. I put my headphones in today and listened to the Beatles and Anne Murray as I walked.😄 I stopped often to take in the views and snap some pictures.
We arrived in Baiona separately and all managed to find the hostel in our own way. Karis arrived first after walking straight to it. I missed the second turn and took a trip through the streets stopping at a fruit store for a peach and to ask directions. They tried to send me to a different hostel so I carried on.. lol. The heat was pretty intense by that point so I turned on my data. Karis sent me her location and before long I was sipping cold water with her.
Mom had a different approach. She texted us that she was down the street, “having a cold one.” 😂 we wandered down to her and joined in.
After settling into the hostel we ordered some sandwiches and fries from a nearby cafe to take down to the beach. Absolutely stunning! Instead of sand, it was ALL crushed shells. We walked among the rocks poking at mussels, snails, barnacles, shrimp and sea anemones. We cooled off from the hot day in the ocean and boy did it feel good!!
After arriving back at the hostel I had to be a brave girl (I wasn’t) and drain the hideous blister that my flip flops created on the back of my heal. Before we went to the beach Mom and Karis held me down and viciously attacked me with a needle squeezing and stinging it violently. This time (it had filled again) I ran a needle and thread through it and left the thread in to help it drain. As I lay here in bed it feels relieved. It’s covered in medication, Vaseline, bandaids and a sock. Hopefully it will be ready to shove into a boot again in the morning! 😣
Tomorrow we have decided to try something new. Something we never thought we’d do. Something that we are a bit embarrassed to do…. we are shipping our packs ahead. We feel like the 30km in 35 degree weather will be easier to complete in a timely manner without the extra weight. We shall see!!
Off to sleep, we are getting up and out quickly at 5am to beat the heat as much as possible. 🙂