My body has never ached as much as it does now. Everything hurts. I don’t want to move and I don’t even think I can. I think my electrolytes are low because no matter how much water I drink, I can’t quench my thirst and as soon as I drink water I have to pee. I tell Eric and we agree we should go find some salty food to try and get our electrolyte level back up. But that requires us getting out of bed, where we’ve been for hours, not even wanting to lift our heads. If this is how we feel after just two days of hiking how are we going to feel after a month of hiking? Will we ever acclimate?
Walking out of our hotel room and into the street is hard. Every muscle in my body is telling me to go back to bed. The blisters on my feet are a constant reminder of what we’ve just done to our bodies. I think about how torn up my feet are going to be when we are done with this. Then I think about those beautiful $300 peep toe-heel shoes I bought for our wedding. I wonder if I’ll even care what my feet look like when this is all said and done.
Luckily we don’t have to go far for food. There’s a little cafe right across the street that does Steak Frites. After lunch, we hobble back to the hotel and climb back into bed.
I want to work. I want to write but my mind feels empty. There’s nothing left for me to give right now. I have no creative energy. I’m completely depleted.
Distance: 5,369 steps (2.38 miles/3.83 kilometers)
Location: Arudy, France
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