We set off this morning into surprisingly frigid air. I quickly exchanged my shorts for pants and Jeanie added another layer on top of her t-shirt and thermal.
The mountain looming over the town looked huge, but we were half way up it within minutes due to the heart thumping angle of incline. We made sure to turn around often, as a beautiful white glove of fog wove its fingers through the valleys and across the lower situated towns.
We climbed and climbed, and climbed. At first we were surprised at the lack of other hikers on this route, but as we made our way higher still, we realized why. We could see colored specks on the highway below, as a line of Camino ants walked with their bright and trusty packs, opting for a less taxing route on the long day. But we were more than satisfied with our choice as we walked high above, with head rushing victory in our hearts and silly smiles on our faces.
Eventually we made our descent and the two routes recombined. We had our morning coffee and, right before taking off again, I turned around at Jeanie’s sudden “Seriously?!” She flashed me her Dexcom screen, her face a mixture of exasperation and disbelief. “Nothing!” She exclaimed.
We stopped, not fully comprehending what we were seeing. The Dexcom CGM has been one of Jeanie’s most valuable pieces of equipment on the trip, as it provides nearly real time glucose levels and keeps her informed of the direction and speed at which those levels are changing. Seeing the screen blank was not only a technical issue, but a morale hit as well.
Jeanie dropped her pack and began rummaging for her meter and to check the status of her test strip supply. She would be going the old fashion way for the day, using her meter before and after meals to get a real time read on where she was at, but without having any indication as to whether she was going up or down or how fast. We would try to contact a Dexcom rep as soon as possible in order to see if we could troubleshoot the issue, but unfortunately we didn’t anticipate having wifi until later that night. Good thing Jeanie had a back up plan in place, and we were able to continue on until reaching our end destination of O’Cebreiro. The day was full of uphill climbs in terrain and blood sugar. The views were spectacular and, although our end spot didn’t have a trace of wifi, we were ready for a good dinner and early night to bed. We will check in soon, and update you on how our manual blood glucose testing continues!