I woke up miraculously not sore. Or not any more stiff than usual, I suppose my body has finally adapted and is ready to take on harder days! So, while my schedule had me stopping today before the big climb I decided to go for the full 29km, 7 of which is up a very steep incline. The first 22km absolutely sailed by, I didn’t even take a break. I felt so surprisingly strong, I just wanted to keep walking. Now that I’m back on the main stages the amount of hikers has increased a lot, though it seems not terribly busy, I was rarely on a stretch without being able to see anyone. But I’m not concerned about it, I’m significantly faster than most hikers, so accommodations shouldn’t be a problem. Although, the multitudes of 100km hikers will join in Sarria, so we’ll see how that goes!
Of course everyone says what a brutal day this is, and if it were raining, as it often does, it would have been awful, and muddy. And while it was too warm, it could have been a lot worse. And I don’t think it was bad at all! It was a welcome challenge with absolutely stunning views over the valley we started in. I loved today.
And to celebrate I booked a private room (with a bathroom!), for a staggering $40, and had my laundry done. After showering and laundry I wandered out to the viewpoint and watch pilgrims arriving, there are so many of them! Often in small groups or duos, and the occasional single hiker.
Today, I feel like being alone. I’ve been feeling more like that recently, as an introvert the constant socializing can be a lot. And I love being able to dictate my own days and do whatever I please. It’s been great to experience different caminos, with a group, by myself, on and off the main stages, in €5 hostels, and private hotels, and small, communal alburgues. I feel like I’ve sampled so many types of caminos. All have their perks and downfalls. I’m both curious, and mildly concerned about what the last, busy, 100km looks like! Only six more days of hiking!