We got up, Arjuns blisters were worse, Kierans heels were worse, we were cold, tired, thirsty and frustrated that we were suffering almost constant bad fortune, and now almost constant pain too. We packed up and tried to get our heads down and make distance.
Kieran had to stop a couple of times, Arjun needed to buy liquids at a garage, and we both agreed we needed a rest day, even though we were still falling behind on distance.
It was a bit of a walk, but we eventually came across a nice looking hotel with a restaurant and wifi. The owners daughter was around and came over to (in really good English) ask us about what we were doing, took a card and wished us luck, and though we intended to stop only for the wifi and a bit of a rest, we inevitably checked room prices, found them to be more than reasonable, and so checked in.
Arjun tried to sort out his feet best he could and Kieran went online to diagnose some things…
Arjun has potentially got; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Leprosy, or is Pregnant. Kieran has potentially got; Plantar Fasciitis, a Heel Spur, Hepatitis, or a more generalised condition such as Cancer.
In reality, Arjun has light frostnip and Kieran has stretched/torn an achilles tendon, requiring six weeks rest which he’s not going to get.