Camino de Santiago, Burgos to Leon
When your husband looks at your feet and asks, “How is it that you’re even standing?” you know it may be time to give it a rest. Not throw in the towel, just give it a rest. I will spare you the graphic details because quite frankly I’m sick of writing about my sick feet, but suffice it to say there was no longer any question that we needed to stop for a few days in an attempt to heal.
Not by the Power of Our Feet
We left Burgos on Monday morning, not by the power of our feet, but with our Eurail passes on the train. I was pretty sad and feeling disappointed about not walking out of Burgos, but we both knew if we were going to finish this thing, we’d have to take a break. And, since we don’t have unlimited time to work with, we knew it meant skipping ahead to Leon.
Life is What Happens
Once on the train the motion of traveling the rails reminded me we are on an adventure. It’s not exactly what we planned, but I believe life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Walking the Camino de Santiago across Spain has proven to be no exception to that philosophy.
What’s the Point?
Originally, we said we wanted to take our time walking the Camino, but it’s super easy to get caught up in the thought process of getting to the next destination, no pain no gain, sort of mentality. Our Camino adventure was becoming more about my feet than about the experience. What’s the point?!
So, we’ve checked ourselves into a hotel, in the historic center of Leon, for four nights. (We gained the four nights by not walking the meseta.) We’re forcing ourselves to slow down and embrace the moment. And, from what we saw as we walked from the train station to our hotel, Leon has a lot going on.
If I Can Wear a Shoe
It is our hope to start walking again on Friday, if I can wear a shoe and walk reasonably well. Since we jumped ahead we have a few days to play with if we need them, if not we’ll try to use those days to shorten some of our walking distances. In the future when people ask us if we walked the Camino de Santiago across Spain, I will proudly say, “Yes, we did!” I will have to add the caveat though that we did not walk across the meseta and that will always be a bit of a disappointment for me, but there it is.
Does it Really Matter?
I had to dig a bit deeper to channel my inner Pollyanna on this one, but as we walked through Leon yesterday I noticed a man who was prostrated on the sidewalk silently pleading for money. He had only one hand. It humbled me and I remembered how much I have and how grateful I am to be in this moment.
We didn’t walk across the meseta. Does it really matter?
April 27 – 30
Days 16, 17, 18, & 19
Days of healing
Highest elevation: 2, 746′
I’ve been enjoying your story but distressed about your feet! I’m really glad you’re giving yourself a few days off to heal. I echo all the others advice. Don’t do too much, rest but enjoy your visit. Leon looks lovely. I wonder if gel inserts in your shoes would do anything?
Good luck when you start up again.
Thanks, Jane! Leon was wonderful and we very much enjoyed our time there. I walked in flip flops as much as possible so the blisters would dry out and all of them except the worst one healed and disappeared. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts!
Marvelous that you’ve taken a break to just enjoy the location.
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It’s actually been really nice, Gaelyn, we’re enjoying our time here. We may never pass this way again, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.
Good for you. Enjoy Leon, but don’t walk any more than necessary. Linda
I’m walking slowly in sandals with no socks, letting my feet get lots of fresh air. Leon is lovely!
My question is.What’s happening to Abi’s feet? Why isn’t he getting blisters?
Good question! Abi’s feet are fine! We are wearing the same socks, walking the same trail. Go figure?!
But you must not walk all over Leon or you de-feet your purpose. It’s just time to stop and smell the roses. Good time of year for that.
That’s funny, Sandy! We are enjoying Leon, but moving slowly.
It is your Camino, and no one else’s. Rest when you need to, in order to avoid further blisters and foot ills. You can always walk the Meseta next time…it’s lovely….
Thanks, Cindy. I was actually looking forward to the Meseta and the flatness! 😉
I have been busy and only just had the chance to sit down and catch up on your adventures. I am so glad you are giving yourself permission to rest. I am proud of you both for your courage and your sense of wonder. Thank you very much for sharing this incredible journey. Hugs and cyber foot rubs.
Much love to you Miss Neva!
I’m glad you’re listening to your body and to Abi.
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Me too. I want a shot at the rest of this journey and this was the only way. Enjoy Barcelona!
Good for you. While I get your disappointment in your feet not cooperating quite as hoped, sometimes you just need to know when to take a break. Hope Leon treats you well and you’re back and walking the end of the week.
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Yep. It was time to stop. A bit disappointing, but in the big picture not so much. Thanks so much for reading and the support!
You deserve and badly need to put your feet up for few days, Leon looks like a lovely place to stop and rest. I think you are doing brilliantly and loving all your stories, keep them coming.
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After 1 day I’m kind of loving Leon and despite missing out on some of the walking, I’m grateful for our time here in Leon. We may never again pass this way so why not enjoy it?!