Yesterday, after a night of burning hot with fever 🤒, I took the ferry from Dover to Calais in the morning as a "foot passenger" (there weren't many of us and the foot passengers terminal wasn't the easiest place to reach on foot 😅). Once in Calais, I went to look for a pharmacy and bought loads of medicines. The French staff in the pharmacy was super nice, patient 😅 and helpful. Among other things, I bought hydrocolloid gel plasters for treating blisters on my feet, muscle fatigue pills, a cream for muscle cramps and aspirins. The pharmacy also had a few massage chairs on which I almost ended up passing out 😂. Then, I decided to reach Guînes via Coulogne rather than via Wissant and probably gave up on some amazing coastal views 😢. Hence, I slowly started hopping my way to Guines. My right leg was significantly damaged by two muscle cramps and a foot blister. The worst pain probably came from my feet every time I took a step. Also, my backpack was much heavier then when I started the hike in Canterbury and I only fully realised this when I reached Guines. Among other things, I was carrying apples, bananas, a significant amount of water and a nicely packed breakfast made by the lady managing the accommodation in Dover 🤫. I must have been carrying quite a few kilograms of food and water 🤯. My back and shoulders were absolutely burning when I reached my accomodation in Guînes.
I am now staying in the house of a very kind French lady who even sent her husband to buy me a hot sandwich when I let her know I was hungry after I arrived. Her house is very beautiful and the decorations are fascinating. She even suggested I took a bath in a jacuzzi to relax and heal my muscles, which I obviously did 😂. This house also features the biggest dog in constant search of human eye contact I have ever seen, the most playful and energetic little dog in the world and two honey bee colonies right in the backyard. Given that I have decided to take a rest day, I asked the lady to stay one more night while trying to recover. Her place was sold out on booking.com but fortunately she had a spare room on the last floor of her house. Lucky 😊
- I apologise for the quality of the media galleries. I have been having some problems with attaching media objects to my blog posts from my phone. Also, I use a trail app that sometimes unexpectedly goes on pause and, unless I realise soon enough, parts of the trail might go unrecorded.