The storm hits with ferocity

Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
Trip End Nov 07, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Basque,
Sunday, September 1, 2013

We wake to a fine sunny day in Madrid. But, wait! is that a grey cloud I see on the horizon?

The normal morning routines are conducted and my back gives a slight twitch. Must be all that sightseeing yesterday, methinks.

We go down to our delicious Spanish breakfast and after having our fair share of what is on offer we rise to leave. I take 3 steps and the pain shoots up my spine. By the time we reach our room, I am shuffling and grimacing and perspiring profusely. I collapse on the bed amid moans and groans.

So much for our proposed early start for the 400+ kilometre drive to San Sebastian this morning. My mind is racing with scenarios. Last time this happened I was comatose for a week, my body shut down and I discovered the ceiling needed painting!!

The adrenalin starts pumping. This is not a possible outcome. I command to Gail: get the Voltarin, get the Panadol, get the two carry-on wheelie bags that have extended handles.
Progress is slow, but 2 hours later I am inching my way towards reception with my crutches on wheels (now there's a good money making opportunity!).

After checking out, I use the disabled egress from the hotel and somehow insert my body into the drivers seat of our compact class hire car.

6 hours later we arrive at our San Sebastian hotel having actually done some sightseeing along the way. Of course, I went no further than standing outside of the car whilst gripping the door frame but Gail took time to view sights more closely.

Dinner that night was room service eaten in bed (not recommended) and once vertical and fully drugged up the night passed uneventfully.
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Di on

Oh Phil. I hope the back improves very quickly. The photos look amazing. Certainly want to go there now.

Katherine morris on

Poor Philly , there is nothing worse particularly whilst travelling , keep up he voltaren and try not to travel in the car tooooo much
We are in Main beach weather nice today a bit windy yesterday , having a much deserved rest . Love to both Katherine and Jeff

Debbiebroom on

Oh phl what a shame it's prob all the driving keep up the pain relief , is there any natural hot springs about? That will soak aches and pains away!. Gail still looking for the board paddling photo! Lv debx

Louise on

Sorry to hear about the back Philip. Hope u make a speedy recovery. Gail played at green acres today . Kew lost 31/2 to 2 1/2. Slow drizzle all day.

Am off to Brisbane Saturday for a week. Looking forward to catching up with my girls and Patrick. You and Phil continue to have happy travels. Xx louise

Sue on

You guys take care have fun and stay safe!
Try heat packs? Hard if you haven't got a microwave!

Gill on

Oh Phil you poor thing. Feel sorry for you to Gail! Wondered why the latest blog was a bit slow in coming. If they have panadol osteo there get into that along with your anti inflammatory. That advise comes from the husband with the screws in the back! Hope you improve and I look forward to hearing again soon.

Susie on

so sorry to hear about your back problemo Phil - hope its on the mend
I love Espana- todo - enjoy
besos Cous Susie x

Heather on

Oh dear, poor Phil. Take it easy with all this driving.
Keep up the pain relief . Maybe take an extra day somewhere to rest.
Keep smiling! Lv Heather

David & Orli on

Don't suppose you are coming over to Blighty. You've missed the best summer here in decades. No need to go away, but still am slightly envious of your travels. ATB

pjf000 on

To all those concerned about me: I'll live!
David, we are close but no cigar! I think it is your turn anyhow to come down under.

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