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21st of May – A Struggle | Walking to León

21st of May – A Struggle | Walking to León

Rob The Traveller

Today was not easy. For many reasons. Some of those internal struggles have resurfaced, and took up much of my thinking time today. But also of concern, was the physical. About 5 kilometers from Leon I started getting pains in the front of my shins. Oh no, I thought, not shin splints!

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19th of May – Is my Camino over? Walking to El Burgo Ranero

19th of May – Is my Camino over? Walking to El Burgo Ranero

Rob The Traveller

I was pondering on this this morning. It’s an overcast day, which always seems to affect my mood. But it wasn’t just that. I feel like I’ve gone through an enormous transformation already on this Camino. There was the physical stage, initially just getting used to the walk. Then I guess you would call it the stage of relaxation as I started to get into the rhythm of the walk.

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13th of May – Foot Care and Blisters on the Camino

13th of May – Foot Care and Blisters on the Camino

Rob The Traveller

One of the major topics of conversation amongst pilgrims when walking, stopping for a cafe con leche or at dinner in the evening is of course, blisters. Most people seem to suffer from them at one point and of course all have their own techniques for treating or avoiding them.

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12th of May – Walking to Burgos

12th of May – Walking to Burgos

Rob The Traveller

The walk all the way from Belorado yesterday was interesting and quite a challenge, but I think it’s taken a toll on my feet. Certainly my heels are much more painful today and the tendons quite sore. Talking to other pilgrims last night, they suggested taking a day off in our next stop, which is Burgos. Most people who walk all the way from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago try to take a day off once a week or at least every 10 days.

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11th of May – From Belorado to Atapuerca

11th of May – From Belorado to Atapuerca

Rob The Traveller

A Long Camino Day Lots of stops to let my feet breath.  Lots of water.  But a very long and hot day.  The last 2 kms along a road seemed to take an age and really hammered my Achilles 🙁   Leaving Hotel in Belorado   Setting out from Belorado   Coming to first village   Nothing Open   A Third of the Way   Roman road surface   Villa Franca Montes de Orca   Water Fountain   Resting feet   Better not be a picnic   San Juan   Are we there yet?   At last…..to...

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11th of May – The Big Challenge

11th of May – The Big Challenge

Rob The Traveller

Today will probably be my greatest challenge so far physically in walking the Camino. Due to accommodation availability, I had two options today, either walk really short, 10 or 12 kilometers, or go long, which will be about 31 kilometers. I’ve decided to try the 31. It’s going to be a challenge, I know that. But I won’t be stupid.

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