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Day 7-13: Torremejía to Aldeanueva del Camino. 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

Day 7/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Tuesday 9th April

Weather: Sunny ☀️

From: Torremejía

Start time: 8.10am

To: El Carrascalejo

End time: 3.20pm

Accommodation: public albergue - top bunk - 8 in the room. But it’s big

Terrain: roads, cycle pathways, sandy paths.

🥾Km: 32.3

🥾Miles: 20

🦶Steps: 40,874

💰Costs: €17 food - raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apple, chocolate x3, Fanta.

€63 - new trainers

€10 albergue

€3 ice lolly

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 7/10 - solid day

Fatigue: 4/10

Ease of terrain: 4/10

⭐️Highlights: The Roman Dam of Proserpina - was awesome to see. The romans built some epic stuff!

The public albergue is lovely - really spacious and clean. Plus a bargain for the price.

🏔️Challenges: lots of roads and cycle pathways. Hard going on your feet. I needed new shoes. My feet were getting destroyed. I couldn’t have walked another step in them.

💭Thoughts: I was planning on going a little further - but so pleased to have stopped here. It allows me to get reset for the day. Catch up on social and rest up a bit more. I’ve being doing some big days - so it’s nice to take some time out.


Day 8/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Wednesday 10th April

Weather: Sunny ☀️

From: El Carrascalejo

Start time: 7.20am

To: Alcuéscar

End time: 11.50am

Accommodation: albergue - bottom bunk.

Terrain: Rocky, gravel, sandy.

🥾Km: 23.6

🥾Miles: 15

🦶Steps: 30,341

💰Costs: €10 albergue donation

€2 pinapple juice & meat balls

€2 White Wine & sausages

€12 2x snickers, ice lolly, crisps, sweets.

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 7/10

Fatigue: 6/10

Ease of terrain: 5/10

⭐️Highlights: walking in the countryside - wildflowers, sheep, blue skies. The albergue is in a proper monestary with monks. There are 7 monks and they help support the people in the area who are struggling.

🏔️Challenges: a herd of cows running at me! I shouted really loudly to get them to go away!!

Having to stop earlier than I wanted to as there are no albergues open over the next stretch and I don’t want do a 50k day! Plus this albergue is right on the route. It’s a good place to stop.

💭Thoughts: I got nothing of interest! Brain has ceased to function! I am enjoying curating the YouTube short though!


Day 9/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Thursday 11th April

Weather: Sunny ☀️

From: Alcuéscar

Start time: 7am

To: Caceres

End time: 3pm at the town - 5pm at the albergue

Accommodation: albergue / bottom bunk

Terrain: sandy, gravel tracks, farmland. Roads, city streets

🥾Km: 41.5

🥾Miles: 25

🦶Steps: 53,294

💰Costs: €5 2x Coke

€13 - Coke, ice cream, 2x snickers, gf cookies

€18 albergue

€30 - a very overpriced chicken salad, coke and a custard like desert.

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 7/10

Fatigue: 5/10

Ease of terrain: 4/10

⭐️Highlights: horses, wildflowers, blue skies and the city of Caceres. Also walked over some cool bridges. Got my accommodation booked for tomorrow. Big day 46 km.

🏔️Challenges: I paid a ridiculous amount of money for a chicken salad. There was hardly any chicken. But I thought I better eat some proper food. Seeing as I just keep eating chocolate and crisps with an occasional piece of fruit!

💭Thoughts: I have to say I’m struggling more than I thought I would on this Camino. It’s not the physicality of the challenge. It’s not the terrain - it’s the mental side. I think I’m feeling burnt out. I thought I was well rested after New Zealand. But maybe I haven’t given myself enough time to recover.

Spoke with my parents on FaceTime so feel better 😀


Day 10/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Friday 12th April

Weather: Sunny ☀️

From: Caceres

Start time: 7.20am

To: Cañaveral

End time: 6pm I took 2 big breaks

Accommodation: albergue private - bottom bunk - small room.

Terrain: Rocky, gravel, farmland, roads.

🥾Km: 46.2


🦶Steps: 59,356

💰Costs: €18 albergue/hostel

€2.50 orange drink

€9 sweets, rice cakes, cheese

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 6/10

Fatigue: 4/10

Ease of terrain: 5/10

⭐️Highlights: the weather was amazing! Maybe too hot and I rarely say that! It was glorious ☀️

🏔️Challenges: I had to remove my jacket, my waterproof and my pink Hoody after 20 minutes of walking. Normally I wear them for about an hour/two hours until it’s warmed up. It is going to be a super hot day today.

💭Thoughts: mentally, I’m feeling in a better place. Probably because I had some proper food yesterday instead of just my crisps and chocolates. Although I had that as well. I’ve got accommodation booked for today. Added motivation to get there. It also takes away the stress of wondering if I’m going to get a bed or not. Because when you do a massive day like today.I know that I just want to check in and get to bed. I don’t want to arrive and find out there is no bed and I need to flaff about or walk further to try and find somewhere to sleep. So it takes the pressure off me.


Day 11/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Saturday 13th April

Weather: Sunny ☀️ & hot

From: Cañaveral

Start time: 8.10am

To: Galisteo

End time: 2.45pm

Accommodation: albergue (small - only 8 beds)

Terrain: large rocks, small rocks, medium rocks, gravel, sandy paths, farmland. A little bit of road

🥾Km: 31.3

🥾Miles: 19

🦶Steps: 40,064

💰Costs: €15 expensive for an albergue. It’s clean & I could not have walked any further

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 5/10 - blisters on the bottom of both feet are causing me constant pain.

Fatigue: 4/10

Ease of terrain: 5/10

⭐️Highlights: making it to the albergue and getting the last bed!

🏔️Challenges: every step is painful. It’s also super hot - I’m going to have to start leaving earlier.

💭Thoughts: long, long, long day. Still haven’t been able to cook my pasta and pesto.

620 km to go - 20 days left - approx 👉

31km each day


Day 12/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Sunday 14th April

Weather: Sunny ☀️ & hot

From: Galisteo

Start time: 7.30am

To: Ventaquetmada

End time: 2.45pm

Accommodation: hostel private

Terrain: Rocky, sandy, meadow fields, little bit of mud

🥾Km: 30.1

🥾Miles: 18.6

🦶Steps: 38,619

💰Costs: €24 hostel - slightly more expensive than normal. But it was the only accommodation I could find.

€3.50 pineapple juice & crisps

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 6/10 - actually pretty impressed I’ve done 30 K

Fatigue: 4/10 - i’m not tired I’m just in pain.

Ease of terrain: 5/10

⭐️Highlights: reaching the road at 2.25pm- I’m ready to stop walking now. I’m pretty much limping and going so slow! I just need a hitch to the accommodation. Which I got straight away. There was a couple who had just finished a bike ride so they gave me a lift to town.

🏔️Challenges: My feet are not doing that well so I’m being forced to walk a lot slower than I normally do. There’s probably a lesson in there though. Probably about patience and slowing down life.

💭Thoughts: Sunday can be a challenging day for food because a lot of the supermarkets and shops are closed. but I finally managed to cook my pasta and pesto which I’ve been carrying for days at least I’ve had some proper food to eat.


Day 13/32 🥾Camino Via de la Plata, Spain 🇪🇸

ℹ️Stats: Monday 15th April

Weather: sunny & hot

From: Ventaquetmada

Start time: 9.31

To: Aldeanueva del Camino

End time: 5.30pm

Accommodation: private albergue - top bunk

Terrain: roads, roads, dried mud, lots of little river crossings. Grassy and sandy lanes.

🥾Km: 31.2

🥾Miles: 19

🦶Steps: 40,246

🚗 Hitch - 1 back to the Camino.

💰Costs: €2.30 - fruit. Apple, pear, orange, 2x tangerine

€15 accommodation

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 5/10 - it is what it is.

Fatigue: 4/10 - still in pain.

Ease of terrain: 4/10 - it’s not difficult - my feet are just messed up.

⭐️Highlights: I love when things work out. I left the accommodation after having some porridge. Walked to supermarket bought some fruit and then it took me about five minutes to hitch ride and I was back at the Camino at 9:31 am.

🏔️Challenges: because I’ve been walking a little bit differently due to the blisters on my feet. My calves are now a little bit messed up.

There are no foods places, no cafe or supermarkets open. So I have no food! Apart from an orange. I need to wait to 9am tomorrow for a supermarket to open.

💭Thoughts: I actually can’t believe how well the past 20 hours has worked out from getting to the road - getting getting a ride to town being able to cook my pasta getting in bed at 4 pm staying until 9am the next morning and being back on the trail at 9:30 really rested and well fed. I could not have planned it better. Sometimes, things just work out. I believe in the trail will provide.



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