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Jeanie enjoys a fresh morning quiche to help recover from an early hike low

Jeanie enjoys a fresh morning quiche to help recover from an early hike low

And of course what is quiche without coffee?!

And of course what is quiche without coffee?!

Jeanie pushing through on an early uphill section

Jeanie pushing through on an early uphill section

We were sad to say goodbye to our little room in Larrasoaña. The beds were so comfortable we decided to sleep in (until 7am), which also meant we would be able to enjoy the free breakfast included in our stay, a win win! Jeanie gave bolus insulin for breakfast before heading downstairs, ready for some eggs, coffee, and perhaps some toast and fresh fruit. Needless to say, we were a little surprised when we were met at the table with packaged crackers and some tomatoes on a plate.

Jeanie ate a small granola bar instead and we hit the road. Fifteen minutes in she was feeling a little tired, attributing it to the high mileage of the last few days. But when her Dexcom alert went off, she was already in the 60s with double down arrows–not good! The arrows indicate what direction your blood glucose levels are heading, and the double arrows refer to the speed at which glucose levels are heading in the indicated direction–which in this case was FAST.

We immediately stopped and Jeanie looked through her food bag for the fastest acting carb she had. She ate a small muffin and an apple, and 4 of the cliff blok chews (opposed to her usual 2). She knew it would take some real carbs to get those arrows to switch directions. As we stood and waited for the carbs to kick in, Jeanie realized what had happened. She had far over bolused for what she ended up eating for breakfast, having expected it to be a high carb start to the day. When she didn’t end up eating much, and had already dosed her insulin, her levels plummeted rapidly. She was disappointed for not realizing the circumstance earlier and frustrated to start the day low, but we decided it would only get better from here and off we went again.

We continued our walk at a medium pace, consistently pausing to asses how her levels were recovering. We went through a few uphill sections before crossing over a bridge into a little town. We cooed at the river beauty and Jeanie, relieved to stand still, sat down on the side of the bridge with a sigh, finally relieved by the weight of her pack . . . her pack! Jeanie’s feet quickly lifted from the ground at the weight of her pack over the side of the bridge shifted her weight backwards.

Thank goodness this grandma has abs of steel and brought herself back to solid ground even before the look of astonishment was off her face. We both gasped and then burst out laughing knowing we were thinking the same thing. The Way is a popular movie depicting the Camino de Santiago, and there is an identical scene where the main character leans back on a bridge and loses his pack over the edge. Who knows how many people have watched the movie and commented “who would EVER do that?” Well my friends, when you have just completed over 35 miles in the last 48 hours and you see a nice place to sit down, you just might have done that too. Ask Jeanie. Two of our Korean friends we had met witnessed the scene and looked on with wide eyes, excitedly pointing and saying “the movie! The movie!” We laughed, knowing we were all on the same page.

The day continued and after a lunch of fresh fruits, veggies, and bread, we made the final kilometers into Pamplona. Wow. If you have not yet been to Spain, Pamplona should be at the top of your list for cities to visit! We were highly impressed with the architecture, atmosphere, and of course the ice cream. It was an evening to remember, particularly because we ended it with clean laundry. Back to the trail tomorrow as we head out for Puente la Reina!!

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