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Arcos, Los

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  • Day16

    Beautiful Walk to Los Arcos

    September 7 in Spain

    Today was great...it was still 24 kms, but it was undulating with gradual inclines, and through spectacular countryside. I have to say that I am relieved, as yesterday when we arrived at the hotel I was so hot and tired, I wondered if this was going to be fun after all. But today we set off with a different mindset - determined not to push too hard - we didn’t think we had been pushing hard - but today we almost sauntered! And also we stopped for a proper lunch - bacon and cheese bocadillo, apple - I don’t think we ate enough yesterday, just picked on a sesame bar....anyway, we are very happy and feel excellent.

    This is quite a mountainous area, there are mountains in the distance in every direction, and so many beautiful little hill towns. I am sorry there no sunflowers now, but there is still a spectacular panorama in every direction. More and more vineyards, with grapes ripening and looking heavy, olive groves, and we saw several fields of asparagus.

    This morning, soon after leaving Estella we passed the Fuente de Vino - the wine fountain for pilgrims...a monastery has a tap in the wall where anyone can get wine - there is also a spigot of water beside it! So even though it was only about 9 am we lined up and had a taste (handy that you can then fill up the bottle with water again). We didn’t do this last time...too intent on reaching the destination, and the morning not exactly a wine drinking time! But we got into the spirit of it today, and it was very drinkable wine! There is a webcam there that shows it all....

    Anyway, here we are in Los Arcos at a very nice hotel (different from last time) and we have a great room on a corner, looking over a square and trees, and close to everything - this is a very small town. And it is so good that dinners are included...we don’t have to think about where to go, and it is like going to a restaurant each night - the food is so good, many choices, and beautifully presented. And we are always so hungry!!
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  • Day12

    Los Arcos to Logrono

    May 1 in Spain

    Today was an exceptionally tough day. My guide book said: “Enjoy the views as you walk through the beautiful rolling hills of La Rioja vineyards”. Well, that sounds beautiful but it translated to having to hump your pack up and down a lot of hills! My goal today was not to push it to Logroño as it was to far, however I reached Viana where I planned to stay and I could not find a bed or a room so I pushed on with a guy named James from the UK where he had a room booked in Logrono. We limped into Logrono at around 6pm. An 18 mile day which would have been fine had it been flat...but the hills...Ugh! I plan on a shorter day tomorrow...it is only an 8mile hike to the small town of Navarrette so I am shooting for that. Take care, I hope everyone is well. Thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day118

    Los Arcos

    June 27 in Spain

    We left Estella around 6 am after a great night’s sleep. We had gone to the store last night to get some bananas, snack bars and salty chips to carry today. Yesterday, I didn’t eat enough, and I wanted to not make that mistake again. We motored out of town with another group of young women. We got to a spot where we could go left or right, and we all went right, so we missed seeing the wine fountain. 🙁 We talked to this Irish guy later today, and he said that it was not open this morning when he went by, so that made me feel better.

    We stopped in Azquata for breakfast, and noticed, as we were leaving, that we were in quite a bubble of pilgrims today. We hoped that Los Arcos had enough beds.

    We spent most of today walking by farmland-vineyards, wheat fields, potatoes, and some family gardens. The family gardens are so perfectly tended to, and we have noticed how carefully they water each row or section. They do not waste any water at all!

    A surprising moment was when we came upon a food truck along the way with music playing. The guy running it had food, snacks, cold drinks - even had beer taps! We grabbed a cold drink and continued on. We used our lightweight reflective umbrellas for the first time today to keep the sun off of us. It made a huge difference compared to yesterday when we didn’t use them.

    We arrived at our place for tonight right as it opened. Within an hour it was booked full. Our friend, Anja, just barely got a bed at the municipal albergue when she arrived around 3:00. So glad she did, because she looked too tired to go on.

    We spent the evening in the plaza having some sangria/beer and watching the World Cup. They had a tv rolled out for the Korea vs Germany game. There were a lot of happy Koreans in our group when Korea won. 🙂 We ended our evening with a meal served by the family here, and then going to the church for a pilgrims blessing. The inside of the church was crazy amazing! It would take years to notice all of the details.

    Tonight, we are in a room with 3 bunk beds, and Alan is the only man, which hasn’t phased the Spanish women at all...They were trying to teach him some Spanish and then embarrassed him by saying he was handsome. 😂😂

    Tomorrow, we have a 17 mile day to Logroño where we are splurging on our own room with our own bathroom and air conditioning!! Woohoo!!
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  • Day4

    Estella -> 21km -> Los Arcos
    Although the walk was shorter than the other days, I feel the third day in my legs. Tired, but happy to have made it so far! I will need a big paella and a glass of sangria to make up for it

  • Day8

    Day 6. Los Arcos

    September 10 in Spain

    Los Argos!! Wow so beautiful. After a quick drink from the wine fountain walking to explore the church and have coffee on the terrace. Ending the day with a cooling foot bath, such a cute albergue tonight

  • Day9

    Los Arcos

    July 11, 2017 in Spain

    Since we are walking shorter days we have more time to explore the town.

    Although the church here is fairly small, it is very ornate. The oldest part of the church was built in the 12th century.

    The organ pedals have faces painted other wit differenth expressions.

  • Day9

    Villamayor to Los Arcos

    July 11, 2017 in Spain

    We are taking it easy for the last few days that Julie is on the Camino because she's having some pain in her achilles tendon. I don't want to send her home to her husband injured!

    So today's walk was an easy 8 miles of fairly flat trail through the Spanish countryside. As we approach the Rioja area we are starting to see more vineyards.Read more

  • Day12

    Estella to Los Arcos - 13.4 miles

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    Wow, a short day and somewhat easy.

    Last night I met a lady from New Zealand that recently celebrated her 50 wedding anniversary and she wanted to walk the Camino to prove to herself that she could it without her hubby doing all the planning. She was doing well. Will also mention that she is a shrink.

    For dinner I had paella with seafood, like shrimp and clams. Shrimp here are not like what we get at home. These had the heads, tails and shell, and legs still attached. Very small and over cooked so I picked through them and ate most of the rice and peas. Main course was pork tenderloin and chips with mellon for dessert.

    When I got up, a couple of the Spaniards were singing and I said "no bueno, no bueno", then in english, "that is horrible singing". We all had a good laugh.

    The laundry was dry so packed all and left as the sun was rising.

    The first pic is leaving the city looking back into it.

    The day started off cool, but a slight uphill generated enough heat to make things comfortable. After a fashion, the Camino split with the shorter path to the left. As I was about to take the shorter way, a local said take the longer way as it was flatter. Hey, my mama didn't raise any fools so the longer way for me.

    Saw a few folks from prior days, met a young man from Ecquidor and we chatted for aways until he stopped for a rest. Had coffee and a potatoe quiche at a bar, then continued towards Los Arcos arriving around 1. Room, dinner and breakfast, and laundry for 23 euros.

    I'm relaxing in the kitchen having a beer so happy trails to all of you. Tomorrow is a 17 miler so the rest of the day my feet are up!
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  • Day10

    Los Arcos

    May 5, 2017 in Spain

    Another 14 mile day with a bit of rain but warmer temps (~60 degrees) brought us to Los Arcos. On the way, we visitrd the infamous Irache wine fountain. After arriving, we checked in la casa de la abuela (Grandma's house) where we had fortunately, add it was full) reserved a private room with shared bathroom. It was the perfect respite. We read, stretched and finished with a family style dinner of salad, bread & lentil soup with talkative and boisterous pilgrims from Italy, Korea, Norway, Japan and Canada (we were the only Americans). Everyone was in shock that the Americans could speak French (and some spanish). We were invited to stay in a new pilgrim friends second bedroom in Tokyo.Read more

  • Day7

    Los Arcos

    September 6, 2017 in Spain

    Wie immer sind wir um 7 Uhr losgewandert. Heute war es endlich mal bewölkt! Perfektes Wanderwetter. Da ich die Chorizo meiner Mãe in Estella vergessen hatte hab ich ihr unterwegs ein Bocadillo gekauft. Im ersten Ort durch den wir kamen gab es eine Weingquelle für Pilger. Wein aus dem Zapfhahn!! Und das unbegrenzt. Leider waren wir zu früh dort und die Quelle war noch nicht eingeschaltet, dennoch liessen wir es uns nicht nehmen unser Frühstücksbier zu trinken. Habe mich später auf dem Weg dann mit Loreano (Deutschland) und Raphael (Österreich) über Politik und die Welt unterhalten. Habe in Raphael definitiv einen guten Wanderfreund und einen Partner zum Singen gefunden. Angekommen in Los Arcos checkten wir in die Casa Austria ein, einer weiteren deutschsprachigen Herberge. Nach dem Duschen habe ich mich dann gratis dort massieren lassen. Anschliessend sind Raphael und ich in die Stadt um die Kirche zu besichtigen. Ein wirklich eindrucksvoller Bau, besonders wenn man bedenkt wie klein der Ort doch ist. Haben anschliessend für das Abendessen eingekauft. Heute haben wir für unsere internationale Familie Käsespätzle gekocht, dazu habe es zwei Paletten San Miguel Dosenbier. Das Essen kam sehr gut und und Raphael und ich planen schon das nächste Dinner für unsere Familie.Read more

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