In the big, busy albergues I sleep with my computer in the bed with me. I’m not so worried about it turning up missing but my whole life is tied to that computer so I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Around 4 a.m. last night I woke up to a huge crash. I’d kicked my computer and my full water bottle off of the top bunk. I whimpered and jumped out of bed, picked my computer up and ran out into the hallway to make sure it wasn’t cracked into a million pieces. Thankfully it wasn’t. I’m sure the noise scared the daylights out of the girl in the bunk below me.
This morning my clothes were still wet from the walk yesterday. There is nothing worse than waking up and putting on wet clothes. Luckily I’d had the foresight to stuff my shoes full of newspaper so at least my feet were dry. I stepped out into the darkness and hoped for a day free of rain.
It was a beautiful walk today with stunning mountain views and frequent visits to tiny Galician villages. My foot is still bothering me so I stopped frequently to rest it. I’ve self-diagnosed the pain as some sort of tendonitis.
I village-hopped my way through about five café con leches until I was bug-eyed and over-caffeinated. It started raining so I stopped again for some bean soup. I did more eating and drinking than walking today.
The rain picked up and eventually it was pouring big, fat drops. But unlike yesterday I wasn’t bothered by it. The rain started blowing sideways and I was soaked again. I turned my face up to the sky and let the drops roll down my cheeks. I even laughed a little. And deep inside I knew that there was no way in hell I was going to sleep in another dorm room with 40 other stinky, soggy people.
Somewhere along the trail today I passed the 400-mile mark. 400 miles of walking! I feel really good about that. To celebrate the achievement I got my private room and I’m paying an exorbitant amount of money to have someone wash and dry my clothes.
The rain is still falling steadily outside. I am lying in bed eating chocolate.
Things are as they should be.
Today I walked 13 miles (20.7 km).