I didn’t feel actively “sick” but I didn’t have the heart to walk on, so I asked to stay a second night.Ordinarily, this isn’t the norm: the arrangement is to stay one night and then move on before 8am the next day.
In Hospital de Órbigo, I took some time to rest and recover.
I hadn’t quite recovered from my folly of carrying four litres of water, days earlier.
My body was still tired and sore, and by the time I arrived in Hospital de Órbigo that afternoon, I was feeling a bit burnt out.
It only occurred to me when I returned home that while I walked camino, I didn’t do a very good job of building in rest days along the way. Week in, week out, there is a rhythm there, allowing the body and mind a chance to rest, regroup.
If, like me, you work Monday-Friday, then your weekly pattern looks something like this: Work for five days… On camino, I kind of walked and walked and walked and only took a “rest” when I was in a lot of pain or extremely exhausted.