Camino de Santiago Day 16

Friday, April 22

Castrojeriz to… Boadilla del Camino

20 km / 13 miles

I woke up at 6 am today. Our albergue provided coffee and bread for a light breakfast before I set off at 7 am. Today, I carried my backpack for the first time in two days. And there was also rain in the forecast. Yay.

It was another beautiful sunrise as I left the town. And of course, right out of town, I began my ascent up the meseta, to beautiful views of Castrojeriz below. Fernando caught up with me and we began to walk towards Fromista. Rain began around 9 am and I slowed down a bit; my leg began to hurt again. I carefully and slowly trudged on, as Fernando went ahead. Between my leg pain coming back and the cold rain, my spirits began to sink. I always try to remind myself to be grateful when I get down, but today was hard.

The more I hurt, the more I knew I would not make it to Fromista. I limped into the nearest town, Boadilla del Camino, maybe 5 km before Fromista. Today, I totaled 20 km (13 miles). I think my backpack really made things worse. I still need to rest and take it as easy as I can so that I can recover. I spent the rest of the day icing and elevating my leg. And hoping I wake up tomorrow better. I have all the time in the world to finish my Camino but it’s hard to stay put, watching my friends hike on. It’s possible I will not see them again.

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