Day 20: Eating to live.

Just the facts
Day 20: Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo
Distance: 20 miles / 33 km
Time: 8 hours
Total to date: 369 miles / 595 km
Aches and pains: Downright exhausted
Mean dogs: 1

Today my body paid me back for doing too much yesterday. I took a scenic, slightly longer route not realizing that, while beautiful, it was loaded with roller coaster ups and downs, and it took me forever. It was too much for these bones. It was also hot as Hades. As I write this at 8:00 p.m. the temperature has cooled off to 97 degrees and I’m forcing down some spicy sausage, french fries and a big green salad.

I’ve found that my interest in food has dwindled. Even so, I force myself to eat, a lot. Depending on the day’s terrain I burn about 2000 calories, sometimes more. At that rate I’m eating to live.

Losing weight? Hard to say because I haven’t seen a scale since leaving home. My walking pants feel baggy but that could well be because of all the hand washing and wringing. I suspect I’m building muscle. My legs certainly feel stronger and the walking sticks are wonderful for my turkey wings.

I’ll have my answer when I get home. In the meantime, food, lots of it, is my friend.

Tomorrow will be my toughest day on the entire Camino. In an attempt to beat some of the heat I’ll start walking about 5:00 a.m. That’s a big yikes. The only time I’m out at that hour is for an early flight to the east coast!

So with that I’ll say good night.

A few random shots.




20130709-201136.jpg This sign had valuable information on it–and I don’t mean the dangerous intersection.