Well we are spent. The day was only supposed to be 27k, but after not finding the Albergue instead of checking where we were we kept walking and walked ourselves out of the town. Realising there was no accommodation and the next town was 14k away we turned ourselves around and walked ourselves back into town so all up we covered about 32k today. That would have been ok if it wasn't for the 20k decent off the highest point of the camino. The trail was steep, shale, narrow tracks and it took a toll on our bodies. We are now lying on our beds trying to gather enough strength to go to the pharmacy for more drugs and ice packs. But all is not lost we get to walk 24k tomorrow, easy!
Breaking point today I walked by willpower alone. we walked 32km today, 17 of those down hill in pain because of my broken thigh. So what makes you walk on? Fear of failure? The need to succeed? To push yourself beyond where you have been before? I can't answer that I can only say...although I threw a tanty and told David I couldn't go on, at no point did I think of giving up. All I know is in my mind was on Santiago and even if I had to crawl into Santiago I was going to make it. It's not about being brave or courageous it was about knowing in every fibre of my body if i didn't complete this pilgrimage i would never believe in myself again.
No one escapes pain on the Camino. It's impossible to take on a walk like this and not notice how your body suffered. The secret is to listen to your body, modify your pace or take a rest day. But the pain is part of the journey. Its what makes each days end rewarding...knowing that you have overcome hardship. Each hardship changing the person you are just a little. Giving you confidence that you can do this!!!