Villafranca del Bierzo to Sarria. 0 km / 0 miles.
After 30 minutes of taping, failing, and retaping my ankle this morning, I looked around the tape-ridden half-packed room and said what I already knew, that I was in no condition to walk.
It was not a conversation either of us wanted to have. It is probably not the success story you were hoping to hear.
For the good majority of my life, I’ve been blessed with good health, a strong physical condition, and truth be told, with 12 years of football, a good deal of luck. Doing something active was never a question of whether I could do it, only a question of if I wanted to do it. And the thing of it is, when you add youth into the mix, it didn’t even take all that much work.
However, the humbling fact, which grows in time and I fear at an increasing rate, is that we are all human. I guess if we’re lucky this fact will find us all eventually. Maybe I should feel grateful that at least this fact doesn’t descriminate. Not going to lie though, I would really have liked to learn this lesson in December in Oregon!
Fortunately there are a few silver linings and highlights:
#1: Of course you can appreciate something without losing it. I would however, argue that it does become incredibly more clear when you do.
#2: There still time. We bused to Sarria to rest for a few days before trying to finish the last 100 km which is the only section you need to do to “complete” the Camino. I got a last minute appointment to see a physical therapist. He verified that it is tibialis anterior tendonitis which unfortunately is an overuse injury and just needs time to heal. I at least have all the tips to try improve the healing time.
#3: Nothing changes: This trip started with family time as the goal and sometimes unplanned down time is the best family time.
- Sully LOVES buses. Seeing his mind work and figuring out the bus depot was just awesome.
P.S. Figuring out travel in a foreign country can be challenging. We had good luck with an app another pilgrim recommended called Rome2Rio.