We were feeling so tired this morning, I think we were likely still dehydrated from the day before. We took a bus in to Gijón city center but just didn’t have the energy to walk the 25km to Avilés, so we checked into a very cheap pension (€20 dbl, nice big room but not very clean…) Our goal is to rest and get completely caught up on work, explore Gijón more thoroughly, and prepare some of our things to mail ahead to get our packs lighter (for example, I have been collecting brochures, maps, bus schedules, etc from tourist info office that is starting to add up in weight!) I have actually also been carrying an extra (empty) pack inside my pack every since Bilbao. In Bilbao, our friend decided that her Golite pack was not comfortable enough, so she bought a new pack and was going to just leave hers behind. We jumped on the chance to get a free pack, so I have been carrying an extra kilo every since… We also still haven’t found any camp stove fuel that is compatible with our stove, so our titanium pots have sat unused in the bottom of my pack.
It’s exciting to look at the map and see how far we’ve come! My mom will be flying to Spain in a week and beginning on the Francés route from Astorga. Our plan is to meet up with her and walk the last few days into Santiago together. We now have less than a month left in Spain.