Not only does this evening bring to a close our 23rd day of consecutive walking, two MAJOR things happened today.
1. We covered 37.5k. That's right about 23miles and it's an all-time record.
2. We caught John! That's right! My constant traveling companion/author of my Camino guidebook ends day 23 in Rabanal and WE are in Rabanal! Remember that we were a full TWO days behind John and by plowing through a string of 30k (which have been brutal) we managed to catch up to John...without the bus, or shortcuts of any kind. THAT is worth a glass of wine my friends!
Now, the unfortunate reality is that the we've made our way back to the mountains and the next few days will be particularly challenging as even John is putting in 30k days during this stretch. So we will- as always- take one day at a time and see how it goes.
I've updated the pictures on the map so be sure to check them out on the link of the right hand side.
The body is sore and tired and the most recent blisters are at least manageable... for now.
Cruz de Ferro is tomorrow morning (bonus: pack weight reduction!) and then well see how I (and everyone else) fares on our first serious downhills in a while.
Thank you all for your continued support and interest. A day in the life post is coming I swear, but let me survive this grueling section and see what I can do for you.