Happy burpday Sally

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Friday, August 8, 2008

4th August 2008 (happy birthday Sally)
20km the other side of Leon
6pm and it's still 35 degrees

Had a lie in this morning because we thought we were only going to Leon. Wrong. Got to Leon, eventually, only to discover no camping (despite what the map says). The choices - stay in the refugio or cycle on another 18kms to a campsite. We decided to cycle on except it had taken us so long to get into Leon by the time we set off it was gone midday. The first temperature gauge I spotted said 30 the second 33, and that was before 1pm.

We did, however, stop off at the local Carrefour to purchase some food and a gel cover for my saddle. We've pretty much sorted out the shoulder business by altering the bars and me relaxing my shoulders, it's as simple as that. I need to ride in a position that allows me to drop my shoulders completely, that way they don't snare up. The problem with the saddle and my rear remains, so the gel cover is an attempt to alleviate the immediate problem with a view to purchasing a big Brooks saddle sometime soon,

Getting into and out of a city like Leon is not really fun. Despite being a London gal I don't much like cities these days, although I do still love to visit London and I really quite like Amsterdam.

The really good thing about staying at municipal campsites, like the one we're in now, is that they are generally next door to the municipal swimming pool, and, generally speaking they have a bar. Another nice thing we've noticed over the last couple of days is that we are getting tapas with drinks. We even had tapas (a piece of cake each) this morning with our coffee.

Even though we are choosing not to stay at the refugios (mostly) we are still getting our credentials stamped, this gives us the option of staying in a refugio if we need to, or, we can't find a campsite.

One of the things we have noticed doing the Camino this time is that there are far more private refugios. Some of these are really very nice, with manicured lawns, swimming pools and free internet. I'm assuming that the many guide books that are now published (there were virtually none in 2001) will guide pilgrims to the better ones and away from the grotty.
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