Day 16 – Halfway

This morning I passed the halfway mark. I’m still wondering what the heck I’m doing. Yesterday I awoke full of energy and the desire to break away from the pack for a few days of solitude. Boy did I get it! Forty kilometres of straight, flat, dusty, hot, gravel road. You are alone, completely alone. There are no distractions, just the sound of your footsteps and the weight of your thoughts.
Last night I felt sick. I don’t know if it was the distance, the heat, the undercooked chicken at my last stop or all of the above. The albergue was ok but the town was like something from the twilight zone. Population about 20, one albergue and one bar.
I decided to have a short day today only 25 kilometres and spent €25 for a private room with bath. After a shower and a snooze I feel much better. My clothes are in the washing machine for the first good wash in two weeks and I’m going to have a good meal and hopefully a good night’s sleep. On the camino little things feel like such amazing luxuries. I hope to carry this appreciation of small things forward into my life.

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