|The spare room with all the pre-Camino equipment|
It is my favourite walking month. Generally the days are like the one I mention here - the sun is warm, but not too hot, the autumn has taken the intensity out of its rays and the breeze has a
cooling edge to it. The damp of the early
mornings brings the scent of the hay that is being collected off the fields and the light is of that perfect golden quality that enhances everything it touches. While I pegged clothes to the line that day it filled me with longing to get started again - it was a day for walking, yet we were still a month away from leaving.
|Bed ready to use!|
|Dog bed and living area separated off from human|
bed. Their food and water, our extra luggage was
placed at the foot of the bed, under seats and
in storage spaces. There is also a roof rack for use.
Yes, you read that right - vertigo! I thought initially I had got the translation wrong when the Spanish doctor told me (I was feeling so terrible I actually had a house call!) - but it was from having worked with a strong dog the week before and related to a twisting movement that I had been making in order to keep him from pushing through me. My knee was very sore from twisting and I had rested this up for a couple of days, but I did not expect this to then move up to my back and give me the symptoms of vertigo! Fortunately, one injection and various pain killers later, along with a trip to the physio - I was feeling myself again and ready to leave on the day planned - October 11th.
We had invested in a plug in cooler box so that we could take breakfast with us and keep the makings for lunch fresh if we needed to (it's not always easy to find places open when it is a Sunday or holiday especially very early in the morning) and we had arranged the dog "cargo net" so that they had their living and sleeping quarters at the back and Michael could have his rest and sleep place behind the front seats and away from the dogs. This would hopefully mean better nights of sleep than last year when Kaishi in particular used to like sticking her feet in his face! In my bookings I had tried to arrange for pet friendly accommodation around every 3 days and if this was not possible then at least a double booking so that Michael could get extra rest and the use of a good hot shower.
With everything packed and ready and a new foster dog (Cressa) coming with us for the trip, we were ready to leave. My friend Jayne would be house sitting and cat sitting for the first week and sister in law Val doing the same as well as looking after a guest dog during the second week. She would then stay on a bit longer to see us. Organising this transition and making sure all instructions and information about the house were in place was a task in itself! We would not be here to see them in or show them around and neither had visited the house before! Thanks to our wonderful neighbours Andrea and Rob, we were able to do it and they were our wonderful back up and key holders while we were away. They were also the "emergency team" as Jayne managed to blow a tyre on her arrival and Rob helped her to get that sorted out and escort her to the house.
At 07.30 on 11th we set off - with the plan to walk the first 10km to Rielves from our previous finishing point that day.