Starting with a pleasant walk along a quiet forest path, the day became hotter and the exertion of the previous day started to affect my progress.
By the time I reached Espinal I was more than ready for a coffee and a break from the sun. Passing the square I saw a sign advertising a cafe so that did it.
After enjoying a coffee, a snack and some water melon I asked about the jazz music playing. An image of Stan Getz was on a screen and the music was cool and liquid. I was told that this music was from YouTube music. I looked up the bar on google maps and added an appreciative comment.
Getting going again after this pause I soon found the path was a series of uphill and downhill slopes. A few villages went past and the path crossed a roadway at a somewhat blind corner. A food outlet was there on the side of the road but business was apparently poor as the shutter was down.
I stopped several times for water and to finally eat a slice of carrot cake bought in Espinal.
Eventually I arrived in Bizkaretta, a small town with several accommodation options. In the square was a bar where a bunch of school aged kids were buying soft drinks to cool them down. I bought a drink and sat in the cool air. A sign on the wall encouraged me to stay at the EL-LA Pensione. A brief discussion and I headed back down the street to the El-La building. It had five bedrooms each with two single beds. A bathroom on the ground floor and one on the same floor as the bedrooms.
The other walker in the room I was given was Bernard, a very pleasant man. He told me he had become dehydrated during the previous day and had been wanting to lie down to sleep. The symptoms of dehydration are discussed here:
(From the Mayo clinic)
Older adults. As you age, your body’s fluid reserve becomes smaller, your ability to conserve water is reduced and your thirst sense becomes less acute.
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
He agreed with the list and said he had all those symptoms. He was helped by some other walkers who were paramedics. They administered water and salt tablets.