Plans, Interrupted

Wednesday: Carrion, 0k
Thursday: Carrion to Calzadilla, 17k
Friday: Calzadilla to Sahagun, 22.5k

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After all our work to catch up after with our guidebook since departing from Burgos, our schedule  and momentum was brought to a screeching halt in the form of a terrible stomach bug that hit shortly after our arrival in Carrion. I began feeling ill after lunch, and was very grateful to had made it the additional 6k down the road into our clean albergue before the virus hit its stride. Melissa and Mandie fell victim to it about 10 hours later. We suspect it was a virus, as there is usually no soap in the albergues, and hundreds of hands passing though each week. Other pilgrims we have encountered suggest it was the food or water, but there’s no way of knowing for sure.

Fortunately,”The Camino Provides”. The nuns were willing to let us stay an extra day, and another pilgrim was an Irish doctor who gave me a look over and instructions to sleep and drink water. The nuns offered us tea and made me the most delicious plate of rice I have ever eaten on Wednesday night for dinner. (Though my perception was probably skewed as my stomach had been totally empty for at least 12 hours and I was very hungry.) I meant to leave an extra donation, but forgot in the morning rush. Hopefully my grateful smiles were enough (the nuns did not speak English).

We are all still recovering our strength after the virus, though I am fairing the best since it hit me first. After a slow day of only 18k today, we hope to arrive in Leon by Monday. We either need to take no more rest days and average at least 25k a day, or let go of our goal of arriving by the 20th. We are doing our best to take each day in stride. We have now fallen behind all the peregrinos we had made friends with early on, but this gives us the opportunity for new friends and experiences. The Camino will provide!

I will include a  picture of our albergue in Calzadilla so you can get an idea of dormitory living.  Our current albergue is swarming with flies and 42 young German students who have way too much energy.

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All pilgrim boots and sticks must be kept outside!

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The bunks. As young pilgrims, we are almost always assigned the top bunks. I have mastered the art of jamming my earplugs impossibly  far down my ear canal and I sleep like a baby.

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Laundry lines. Im still not confident I’ve mastered hand washing yet. We frequently have to clip our socks, bras, and underwear to the outside of our packs to finish drying during the day. Pilgrims have no secrets.

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Down time at the albergue – Mandie with her ukulele and Melissa with a book. I am sorely regretting not bringing a book. In the background of this picture is a blister treating station for the aforementioned dutch school children, also a common sight on the Camino.

Update: Any animosity previously held towards the overly energetic half-naked German teens has now been alleviated as they have given us their leftover meal of boiled potatoes and salad while inadvertently serenading us with a guitar. The Camino does provide!
We are now in Sahagun and have mapped out a route which will have us arrive in Santiago by the 21st if we take no more rest days. Wish us luck!

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                  The walk to Sahagun.

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