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La Rioja

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  • Day189

    Camino Frances 5

    August 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Die 8. Etappe ist geschafft. 😀
    In den letzten beiden Tagen habe ich täglich ungefähr 28 km zurück gelegt. Der Weg führte mich dabei von Los Arcos über Sansol, Torres del Rio, Viana, Logrono, Navarrete und Ventosa nach Najera.
    Auf dem gestrigen Weg von Los Arcos nach Logrono habe ich übrigens die Region Navarra verlassen und befinde mich nun im weltbekannten Weinanbaugebiet La Rioja. Weinkenner kommen hier sicher auf ihre Kosten aber ich bleibe lieber bei Wasser 😉.Read more

  • Day88

    la rioja

    October 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    die pilger haben uns heute morgen geweckt. so sind auch wir früh gestartet. die stimmung war phantastisch.... wir hatten beschlossen, nicht dem pilgerweg zu folgen, sondern dem gps. im ersten teil hat uns das gps auf eine unglaublich wunderschöne route durch das bekannte rioja-gebiet beschert. der zweite teil bis nach logrono war etwas "schneller". wir landeten mal wieder auf einer schnellstrasse. die autofahrer haben aber extrem rücksicht genommen. hier in spanien sind die leute extrem hilfsbereit, zuvorkommend und kontaktfreudig. was wir alles schon an positiven erlebnissen hatten, war unblaublich. in logronos haben wir noch bremsbeläge für das vorderrad für nik gekauft und hatten eine tolle unterhaltung. der besitzer des fahrradladens hatte eine alte autogrammkarte aufgehängt von miguel indurain. nik fragte ihn dann, ob er ueli sutter kennt; ebenfalls ehemaliger radrennprofi. und siehe da: er kannte ihn. wir nahmen dann gemäss gps eine angebliche abkürzung; welche etwas sportlich wurde. zuerst durch wunderschöne olivenhaine, rebberge und sogar quittenbäume und dann das nichts. alle kinder mussten die carla von hinten schieben und nik und corinne vorne ziehen; alles natürlich von hand. wir haben es geschafft und der lohn war, dass wir uns frische trauben geklaut haben. da wir ja keine unterkunft gefunden hatten, haben wir uns die option des camping-platzes offen gelassen. der camping war wirklich noch offen und wir geniessen nun wieder einmal das camping-leben. nik musste noch einkaufen und den offiziellen stempel des camino di santiago abholen. da gibt es eigentlich mehrere möglichkeiten: touristenbüro, kirche oder hostal. touristenbüro war geschlossen und im hostal wollten sie uns ja nicht. deshalb beschlosse nik, in die kirche zugehen. es war eine wunderschöne goldene kirche und die begegnung resp. die stimmung in der kirche war unglaublich einladend für eine meditation von 30 minuten. der wetterbericht meldet für morgen eigentlich regen; obwohl es momentan noch nicht danach aussieht. wir nehmen die tage, wie sie kommen und entscheiden spontan. es ist einfach zu schön.Read more

  • Day89

    kurzgeschichte

    October 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    die nacht war sehr regnerisch und der tag begann mit sonnenschein. bis das zelt dann trocken war und wir alles verräumt, verstaut und startklar waren, begann sich der himmel wieder ins grau zu wechseln. der rest ist kurz erzählt. wir hatten ein ziel und dieses war reserviert durch jean-pierre; einmal mehr vielen herzlichen dank. wir fuhren in starkem dauerregen und es war ein wunder, dass es nicht noch geschneit hatte; scherz bei seite. angekommen im hostal haben uns die beiden mitarbeiterinnen extrem geholfen und uns das gepäck abgenommen, hochgetragen etc. die unterkunft ist der hammer, die kleider sind wieder trocken und wir aufgetaut. und den tischwein haben wir dann gegen einen anständigen rioja umgetauscht. alle gehen heute müde ins bett.Read more

  • May20

    Azofra

    May 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    This tiny town is a hidden gem on the Camino. The municipal albergue is very well laid out with single beds two to a room. I'm sharing a room with Diane from England who I met on my first day on the Camino. The albergue also has a nice courtyard with a fountain.
    Additionally, just out of town is the Jardín Botánico de la Rioja. The most wonderful thing about the gardens is that you are encouraged to walk barefoot on the cool grassy paths, which felt fantastic on my feet after a long walk.Read more

  • Day13

    Lograno to Navarrette

    May 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Hola from Navarrette, Spain. I am in a small town between the larger towns of Lograno and Burgos. So, a couple things have happened...I have discovered that I cannot walk 17-18 miles per day through hills and valleys, get into a town and search for a place to stay at 5 or 6 pm. I am too tired and there is limited rooms and most are taken by that time of day. Sooo, I plan on hiking until one or two o’clock, and dumping into the closest town which may or may not have WiFi...so, If you don’t hear from me, don’t worry...just off the grid. I reached Navarrette at around noon today...met up with two hikers that I have gotten to know, Kristy from Australia and Ellen from Virginia...had lunch at a cafe and they
    proceeded on to the next town and I stayed put here. I found a great Albergue in the center of town for around $10. I settled in, did some laundry and walked around town some. I am sharing a room with a group of Canadian woman from Ontario and they invited me for dinner in the Albergue kitchen. They cooked, I mostly sipped wine and sliced some chorizo but a good time had by all. I plan to head out at around 730 am...not sure what my destination is as of yet but somewhere west of here. That’s about it from Spain...hope all is well back home. Thank you for checking in!
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  • Day15

    Najera to Santo Domingo

    May 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Hello from Santo Domingo, Spain. I got a late start from Najera this morning, so I arrived a little later to Santo Domingo at around 4pm. I met up with an 81 year old Australian guy named James on the way into town. He was at least a km behind me and caught up with me in under an hour. He walked the AT at the age of 65, walked the full length of the UK in his 70’s and now the Camino at age 81. I am a little embarrassed to admit that he crossed the Pyrenees in 7 hours at age 81 and it took me twice that long. Very humbling. He is actually in the bunk next to me tonight in an old monastary run by a group of nuns. The trip here today was uneventful really....lots of vineyards, grassy fields and hills, a 14 mile day. One note of interest...I walked through a literal ghost town today...very weird. Apparently a developer created an upscale community complete with a golf course and hundreds of condos...the whole thing flopped and it was abandoned as is. It felt like I was in a nuclear area like Chernobyl in Russia in the 80’s. Tomorrow I will attempt to make it to Belorado. Some stories from the Camino: On the same day I crossed, a guy arrived at the Albergue Orrison (the only refuge on the Pyrenees crossing) at around 5pm...they had no room for him and turned him away. He went a mile up the trail, pitched his tent and settled in until the wild horses came along and destroyed his tent...scared the guy half to death apparently but I hear he survived okay. I met a 19 year old kid hiking the Camino backwards...started in Portugal and is walking to his home in England...about a 4 month trip. There is apparently another guy from Maine hiking somewhere near me but haven’t met up with him yet. That’s it from here for now....I am getting there. I have walked over 100 miles so far but can’t pin down the exact number but that means I am 20% of the way and still alive! Take care, I hope this finds everyone well!Read more

  • Day16

    Santo Domingo to Belorado

    May 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Hello from Villambistia, Spain....as usual, thank you for checking in. I left Santo Domingo yesterday morning at around 7:30 am and arrived in Belorado at 3pm. I did not post last night due to being busy with the festivities in the albergue. There are a bunch of people that are traveling in a group and I have been running into them a lot and they invited me to join them. So between that and a great political discussion with two young political science majors from Germany and Denmark....the ole blog got neglected. The political discussion was great...the girls had never actually met a Trump supporter in person so they were very interested in my views on American politics. I like to think that they walked away a little more enlightened. 😉. The walk yesterday was through mostly grassy fields and small towns. I started listening to the music on my iPad for the first time on the walk....it actually adds a whole other dimension to the walk. Nothing says healing like walking through a 900 year old town with “YMCA” blasting through the earphones! As I write this, I am at a cafe in a small town between destinations....I am not sure where the final destination is today as beds and rooms are getting more difficult to find. The tent may be coming out soon. That’s all for now and thank you again for checking in!Read more

  • Day121

    Santo Domingo de la Calzada

    June 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    The town celebration went on until the wee hours of the morning, and the music and revelry kept me awake. It was like reliving my college days with AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Queen and Van Halen songs blaring 😂😂 So, when Alan woke me up this morning, I really wished I could sleep longer...my brain kept saying, “just a little while longer, you don’t have to get up.”

    But, no...we had to get going. We left early again, not to beat the heat, but to beat the thundershowers this afternoon. We didn’t want to get caught in a deluge like some of our group did yesterday.

    Today’s walk was about 13 miles, so that felt nice compared to our 18 milers the last two days 🙂 I woke up while walking in the cool morning air and enjoyed the landscape changing from vineyards to wheat fields. I kept telling Alan it looked like the Pullman area and the Palouse...beautiful rolling hills with wheat with a slight breeze blowing through. The difference being the red poppies. I can’t get enough of them 🙂

    I also enjoyed visiting with our fellow hikers today. The ebb and flow of the walk meant at times you walk with one person and then you are with others. I also spent some time walking alone while Alan walked ahead with Andy (from England). They share a common love of the same music and sped off discussing Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mud Honey and who knows what else 🙂.

    What I didn’t enjoy, today, was my left shoulder tightening up on me, then my middle back. “How can my pack seem heavier today?” I kept asking myself 😬 I have gone through it more than once thinking maybe I would find something hiding in there I could toss, but no 😂😂. I barely have anything, and for sure can’t get rid of any of it.

    The albergue we are in tonight is very nice with a huge lounge area to enjoy watching the World Cup. It’s fun watching the game with people from the countries who are playing. The French were quite pleased when their team won earlier today. Sleeping wise, I am on the top bunk again, and I can zip up there like an expert now. 🙂
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  • Day6

    Fith stop - Nájera

    May 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Logroño -> 28km -> Nájera
    Today was a challenging one - a second long day in a row. Pushing myself was necessary, especially the last 2 km when you just don't see the end of it! Aching from the waste down. Tomorrow will be more chill

  • Day21

    P.S. to Nájera

    September 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Just had to add a bit more about the afternoon and dinner, we did go exploring, though by mid afternoon it is very hot and glaringly bright...but found the jewel of Nájera - the Monasterio Santa Maria de la Real, with its church, burial place of kings, queens and knights of Navarra (this must have all once been part of Navarra, and in fact Nájera was the capital of the kingdom of Navarra in the 11th and 12th centuries). And there is a beautiful cloister there...it was abused (used as army barracks, munition storage, prison and even a bull ring!) over the years but in the late 1800s was taken over by Franciscan monks and restored. Very beautiful. Then we had a glass of wine and kindle time, wandered along the river a bit, and waited till dinner time - 7.30. The hotel sends us round to a little restaurant round the corner which we remembered.

    Only one drama...we were sitting, with wine and water, no food yet, when there was a loud thumping on a door....the one very busy waitress was elsewhere so Amr did the rescue thing - someone couldn’t unlock the toilet door....so Amr released her...big commotion, and the waitress came to thank Amr with a big flourish and knocked his glass of vino Tinto all over him! Oh dear, she died of mortification, Amr took off his shirt (luckily he had a respectable black t-shirt underneath, and went back to the hotel to hang up the rinsed shirt (5 mins away).... Finally we sat down to a delicious meal - white beans with shell fish, sort of a soup, a plate of leeks, and we both had the most delicious stuffed peppers...
    So all was well, and now ready to hit the sack, even if only 9.30!

    Tomorrow we walk about 21 kms to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where the famous chooks are in the cathedral. Life is good.
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