I was feeling discombobulated last night and this morning – exhaustion, jet lag, trying to find the right food in a Spanish city at the wrong time, having a sore foot from walking last week with the laces too tight, and – most of all, I haven’t managed to get a SIM for my phone. My confidence was uncharacteristically low, so I decided the solution was to pay for 1 day of roaming on my regular phone plan and set off for a walk.
Remember my question about what to do with the socks I got in Business class? They’re not suitable for walking (only for flying!) but I cut them up and made a cushionng pad for the top on my foot.
Walked 16 km to Rioja and took the bus back. Several km of urban walking including the grand Avda García Lorca. Then into the river bed which is a strange and eerie landscape.
Had my first zumo de naranja at a bar in Pechina. Then back to the river.
Finally in Rioja, the bus stop was conveniently at the entrance. I confirmed in a nearby farmácia that it was the right stop for the bus back (there was no placard showing the schedule), and I asked a passerby for good measure. As I sat there, another woman informed me the stop had been moved to a block away. I hurried up the street. As I sat there, along came J who I had met at the Madrid airport. He was going to stay at the Rioja albergue.
My sore foot is OK, if not great, as long as I walk at a slowish pace. My other foot will probably soon join its mate in soreness. Some rebellion is to be expected as I depend on them.
One thing I have learned about blogging on a trip – DON’T GET BEHIND! It is so hard to catch up. I am tempted to wait until I have made this post more interesting, but that would be a mistake. Better to go out in search of adventure to write about. And remember to take more pictures, which I didn’t do yesterday.
5 thoughts on “Day -1: Getting a headstart (footstart?)”
Great start Clare. So looking forward to meeting you later.
Natures way of slowing you down to smell the roses and appreciate everything. Your foot will get better. It’s all learn by error and at least you know not to tie laces too tight now. Hope it gets sorted soon. Buen Camino! Looking forward to your photos and blogs 👣💜
I’m reading this whilst sitting in Madrid Airport on the way home. I’ll be following you Camino blog with great interest, now that mine has come to an end. Better luck with the weather!
Buen Camino, and I hope your foot is feeling better soon!
I hope things improve for you and that your feet fall into “step” quickly, lol. I am sure a good night of rest will improve your mood. Looking forward to reading you faithfully! Buen Camino!👣🇨🇦
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