It was another early start for us, waking up at 6.30am, heading next door for breakfast and starting our walk by 7.30am. Amanda joined us today – it also happens to be her 41st birthday! The air was nice and cool and once again we were fortunate enough to see the beautiful sunrise. We breezed through the first 8km despite half of it being uphill. It’s here that we left Amanda at a roadside cafe so she could grab some breakfast.
The day itself was beautiful, slightly warm with a nice cool breeze. It didn’t take long for Amanda to catch up to us. As she approached us at the 16km mark we noticed a Labrador-like dog limping behind her. We found out that it had been following her for the last 10km ever since she pet it at the cafe. It was clearly very injured and old so we really felt sorry for it. None of us really knew what to do so we kept walking and eventually it couldn’t keep up so it just laid down on the side of the road and rested.
Given it was a Sunday, all the supermarkets were closed so we couldn’t enjoy our usual baguettes. Instead we headed into a restaurant and within 5 minutes of sitting down, Alison, Dominic and James walked by. So of course we called them in and ended up enjoying the most delicious 3 course lunch ever. We were stuffed by the end of it so trying walk afterwards was difficult. There was no chance I could keep up with the rest of the group so Jason and I ended up just taking our time and they just walked ahead. I don’t know why but I was really angry at myself for not being able to keep up with everyone. Why wasn’t I as fit as everyone? Why weren’t my legs long enough? Why am I so tired? I kept asking myself these questions until I realised ‘Why am I even comparing myself with everyone else?’ It’s something I do regularly and definitely is not healthy. It’s something I’ve got to work on, so will definitely try.
The final part of the day ended up being torturous, not cause it was difficult, in fact it was really beautifully. Mentally I was drained and when we arrived in town at 5.30pm we found the rest if the gang preparing their beds. They’d only just arrived a few minutes before us and to quote James, they were ‘broken.’ That made me feel better. As we all laid town to rest after our showers, who would arrive at the municipal but Alissia? A huge coincidence given how many choices of accommodation there is in this town.
Eventually we got out of our beds and headed out for dinner to celebrate Amanda’s birthday. It was great fun with a few too many drinks for a school night.
Total cost per person: €28.10
Til next time
Ann & Jason xo