May 12, 2016 Thursday
Today it rained hard in Triacastela as I took a day of rest from the Camino. I walked two houses over from the little rural pension here (private home like a B & B) to the local urgent care clinic where I was told that I had tendinitis and it was okay to walk on it even with pain – that it would not cause any permanent damage. I am taking Ibuprofen orally and rubbing on anti-inflammatory cream. Anyhow that is what I think her Spanish meant. I didn’t get a bill. Instead the receptionist took my insurance cards and said Spain would bill the USA – wonder what that will cost me?
I walked a couple more blocks the other way to the center of town to see J from Brazil who is nursing her shin splints. She is taking a taxi to Sarria this afternoon and begin her walking tomorrow. We had lunch together. I had a local delicacy – a Galician cheese called O’Cebreiro cheese – yummy! A soft cheese but not sweet. Very mellow and good. I said good bye to J, I will sure miss her company and sweet demeanor. She has to be in Santiago by May 18.
Tomorrow is going to be another rainy day in Galcia, but I am going to try to walk to Sarria – about 14 miles if I choose the alternative route to see a monastery, otherwise it is about 11 miles. I don’t mind walking in the rain, but I find the mud a hindrance.