I was just thinking that Fatima had given up the unequal struggle to get people to turn round and head her way when I saw this.
Long ascents are laborious and very demanding on the lungs. Descents, however, are potentially quicker but harder on the knees. Today's path was mostly loose gravel so I tried 2 ways of coming down.
1. 'Ski' down totally out of control, arms flailing and stifling a scream. (Unintentional)
2. Deep knee bend, slow motion and carefully pressing poles hard into the ground ahead (Recommended)
The Camino dropped into a small town called Arcade which I later learned (thanks Linda) is famous for its oysters. If I had known at the time it wouldn't have made a difference. As Jonathan Swift said "He was a bold man who first ate an oyster"
Still it was a nice town