Three weeks on the road
We left Saint Jean Pied du Port in France three weeks ago today.
We left our hostel room today at 9:00am (without breakfast) aiming for a 23km day. We headed up the road towards Carrion de los Condes, along the same boring track alongside the road. Arriving we found an information booth where a young lady told us where to find the Ferreteria(Hardware shop) and a Panaderia (Bakery) for breakfast.
At the Ferreteria we bought a plastic bowl to soak our feed in cold water. This treatment has been so good for our tendonitis, that we decided carrying a big plastic bowl around was not completely crazy.
While at the bakery we bought (for breakfast) Chocolate croissants, apple triangles, Baguettes(for lunch), and a cold Pizza slice (for Judy). We then went to a Supermercado (Supermarket), which is actually the size of a small convenience store in Australia, and got more supplies.
The reason we needed all the supplies is we had to do a 17.5km section with no towns after Carrion.
We left town, stopping to pick up water at a fuente (water fountain), and try soaking our feet in our new bowl. We followed a narrow country lane until it became a gravel track that covers an old Roman road built 2000 years ago, and still in great condition. The Roman road is built above the flood plain, and is constructed of 100,000 tonnes of rock that was brought in from elsewhere. Even though we are at 850 metres the area is very flat, covered in wheat fields.
It was a mostly cloudy day, which threatened to rain, but never did. We are both still suffering from foot problems. Judy with a new blister on her heel, and me with a couple of sore toes.
We made it to Caldadilla de la Cueza, looked at the Albergue with 100 beds in 2 rooms, and decided to hotfoot it to the luxury of the hostel.