Ponferrada to Villafranca for Day 22!

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The sights on today’s route were reminiscent of earlier Camino days. We drank in our brilliant green surroundings, adding in a splash of fresh grape juice where possible from vines along the trail.

We faced a fair number of uphills, but were encouraged by the noticeable change in endurance our body’s exhibited when compared with our first few days on the trail, now nearly a month ago! As our body’s have grown accustomed to the physical demands, Jeanie has also noticed that the fluctuations in her blood glucose levels have also grown less dramatic. She still has highs and lows no doubt, but her body seems to have taken well to trail life.

When we arrived in Villafranca, it was mid afternoon. Although Jeanie ended the day on the higher end, she knew she needed to eat something. This can be counterintuitive to common diabetes practice. Many individuals refrain from eating when their glucose levels are heading up. Jeanie usually does the same, but when she is putting in high mileage days, she knows her body needs fuel. Sometimes she waits a bit to see if she can get to a better level, but she knows replenishing energy is also a priority! Therefore, Jeanie opted for a more generous bolus and went ahead with some bread and seafood soup. She hoped the large bolus would serve as a correction factor as well as account for her food. She will keep an eye on it throughout the evening to make sure we are ready to go when morning comes!

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