Sorry about no posting yesterday. No wifi available, and I can only do this from my iPhone, for various reasons.
Here's Sunday's news in a capsule: still stunning spring weather, a day of a reasonable distance (22 km), my shoes died (soles falling off and way too thin), severe tendinitis in both feet and one painful knee, arrival at my destination, Vise, Belgium, feeling like it was all over.
My hosts couldn't have been nicer. They too are long distance walkers, and welcome hikers into their home, a stately 136 year old townhouse right on the Meuse River. Vise is a beautiful city and is right on the border of the Netherlands' lowest point.
I decided that trying to walk in to my next stop would only end my journey early, so I took a 20 minute train ride this morning from Vise to Maastricht, Netherlands, where I already planned on spending 2 nights. It's a beautiful city, with countless cyclists out on their errands, etc. My hotel is probably the nicest I have had this whole trip, and I'm very grateful for its central location and all its comforts (wifi! working phone! 6 English channels on tv! €18 breakfast buffet, which I'm not doing!).
I'm severely limiting my sightseeing. Today's outing was to a medical supply shop to buy elastic wraps for my feet and knee. However, I must admit that, at this point, I was very tempted by the following.
I am very hopeful that these two days of being off my feet will help me continue. But I won't go on if it looks like I'm doing myself serious harm. Been there, done that. We shall see how things go. I definitely want to finish, but if I must, I'll put a halt to this year's adventure here at the halfway point, and come back next year, ready to resume from my stopping point. I WILL complete the GR5. In NEW shoes!