We left at 7am and it was pitch black. The head torch was on and we started the walk out of the town of Melide. A steep gravel decline meant we were holding hands all the way down as there was only one light between us. The morning seemed to fly by; we were full of energy and were feeling really positive. When we got to the town of Aruza we stocked up at the grocery with the hiking essentials: bread, ham, chocolate, apples and chips. It was good to be fully stocked again, felt like days since we were last able to make our own lunch. Just as we arrived in this town, we bumped into Julie, the American woman who injured her Achilles a few days ago. She did take a rest day as we advised and felt great but unfortunately she overdid it yesterday and the pain has returned. I had a quick look at it and it looked better than when I last saw it, so I encouraged her to just rest as much as possible during the walk and put a heel lift in her shoe.
We needed to walk another 6km to make 20km for the day which is the time we decided that we’d have lunch. Surprisingly we managed to get through this part okay despite the numerous unexpected hills and humidity along the way. Once we reached our lunch spot we found Alison already there sitting on a stone wall with her shoes off so we joined her. Lunch went for about 45 minutes and was very relaxing, especially watching the cow in the paddock in front of us trying to stay awake but collapsing into a doze every few minutes.
After lunch us three walked the rest of the journey together which made it all the more interesting. We thought that we only had 10km but soon found out it was closer to 14km! This is definitely a brutal surprise after a long day of waking. My pace slowed right down after finding that out so Alison and Jason went on ahead. I assumed they would just meet me in town but after arriving in town and finding no one there I began to freak out a little. I kept turning my head back and fourth hoping to see them but they weren’t there. I eventually continued to walk to the edge of the town and found Jason walking towards me. Phew! Turns out they took a wrong turn and ended up waking the scenic route heading into town.
We decided to have a quiet evening with Jason making a lentil salad and headed to bed early in preparation for the big final day tomorrow!
Total cost for today:
– Breakfast: €2 Chocolate croissant
– Lunch: €2 Ham and cheese baguette
– Dinner: €3 Lentil salad
– Snacks: €2 Chocolates and chips
– Accommodation: €10
Total cost per person: €19
Til next time
Ann & Jason xo