The rest stop here has given me the opportunity to wash my clothes and make some repairs. I have not had an opportunity wash my long pants with the removable legs since I left Salamanca almost two weeks ago. It was too cold to walk around in my shorts while the pants dried so I kept deferring washing them until yesterday. After 6 washings I managed to remove most of the grime and dirt only to discover that the seam in the butt was unravelling. Out came the needle and thread and I fixed it this morning. Bart, the Belgian who is recovering from the flu took pictures to prove my expertise as a tailor.
Ed: Since I don't have the picture taken by Bart, I substituted this one
from the 'net.
Ed: Since I don't have the picture taken by Bart, I substituted this one from the 'net.
The next four days (and final days) of walking will be a piece of cake.
Itís a bit warmer now that I am over the passes so I donít have to worry about dealing with the cold. The only thing that can create a problem is rain and frankly that wonít be a problem. I have learned a lot about walking this time. Lessons that will serve me well should I do some more.
Just came back from the thermal baths which are about a 2km walk from the albergue. It was fabulous.
Three hot pools starting at 41C and getting progressively colder as water flows from one to the next. There is also a cold pool. The water has some minerals in it but it is clear with a slight but not unpleasant sulfurous smell. For 6Ä, I got a towel , a badly fitting bathing suit and the right to use the facility for 90 minutes. An hour was more than enough and I felt great afterwards. I should have gone last nigh. There was a bar attached to the spa where I had some tapas, a small bocadillo and two beers for 2.70Ä. What a bargain.
By the river just below the spa where I was, there is
another thermal area also with three pools and of course there is no charge.
I suppose I could have used it but
without a bathing suit.....
Today Ė November 5, for a change itís sunny and pleasantly warm, maybe 20C here at the moment at 16:15. Apparently this weather should continue for the next few days. Next I will be complaining that it is too hot!!!!
Editorís note: Several people have told me that they are following Hansí trip not only on the web, but also on a map next to the computer. They check each day as they read about the latest distance travelled. We even got a note from a fellow pilgrim who lives near Durban, South Africa, and who is following Hansí trip on the web.