An uneventful day spent walking on probably the least appealing part of The Camino so far. It was mostly long , flat stretches of roadside ” senda “. We’re now on the last part of The Meseta and after Astorga ( our next stop ) we start climbing the next range of mountains , the Montes de Leon.
Whilst walking this morning I met a German guy who has become a bit of a Camino legend in that he is currently walking the Camino once a month for the whole of 2012 , starting his walk from Roncesvalles. I’m told he normally spends half of each year volunteering as a ” Hospitalero ” at the Refugios. A diagnosis of ” OCD ” springs to mind.
I’ve developed some tendonitis in my right lower leg over the last 24 hrs and the discomfort was causing me to limp this morning. I took some ibuprofen and started using the walking poles in a ” Nordic Walking ” style as I’ve seen other Pilgrims doing and it seemed to help this afternoon. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get any worse as I’ve seen a few having to quit with this complaint.
Whilst walking this afternoon I met a guy chopping up a fallen tree and he recommended an Albergue in Hospital de Orbigo . so I’ve pulled in here for the night. It looks like a good decision as there’s a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere here. It’s a vegetarian place and there’s lots of scatter cushions , candles , funny smells and ambient music playing. I’m told there’s a Yoga class at 8.00am tomorrow. After my experience with the Japanese Contortionist I’m not so sure I should be trying that.