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    • Day 6

      6. DAY | 23 km

      May 4, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Sorge dich nicht um morgen...

      Heute habe ich entschieden euch ein Video zukommen zu lassen, vieles erwähne ich somit bereits in der Aufnahme.

      Dennoch möchte ich hinzufügen, dass unser Körper echt Dinge leisten kann die mir tatsächlich für unmöglich schienen. Gott sei dank habe ich mich gestern nicht verrückt gemacht, sondern habe einfach nur gebeten dass ich heute wieder Schmerzfrei bin. Als ich heute morgen aufgestanden bin, hatte ich sooo eine Kraft und Motivation dass mir klar wurde dass auch dieser Sturz mental notwendig war. Nun bin ich in Logrõno langsam müsste dann auch Simone eintrudeln, auch wenn wir getrennt starten und laufen schlafen wir nun die zweite Nacht im gleichen Zimmer.

      Adios Navarra | Hola Rioja die erste Region ist durch.


      Nella Vita non pensare a domani...

      Oggi ho deciso di inviarvi un video, quindi vi parlo di molte cose già nella registrazione.

      Tuttavia, vorrei aggiungere che il nostro corpo può davvero fare cose che a me sembravano impossibili. Grazie a Dio, ieri dopo la caduta non mi sono messa a preoccuparmi tanto, ho solo chiesto di liberarmi dal dolore oggi. Quando mi sono alzata stamattina, avevo così tanta forza e motivazione che ho capito che anche questa caduta era mentalmente necessaria. Ora sono a Logrõno pian piano dovrebbe arrivare anche Simona, anche se partiamo e camminiamo separati, ieri e oggi dormiamo nella stessa stanza.

      Adios Navarra | Hola Rioja la prima regione è passata.

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    • Day 6

      Estella 🚶🏻‍♀️Los Arcos 🚌 Logrono

      May 6, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      22km - vandag was weer n kleiner afstand tot by Los Arcos. Ek “skip” n stage om op te maak vir my galavanting Bilboa toe die naweek.

      Het vanoggend wakker geword in n prag Albergue wat uitkyk oor die Ega rivier. Ontbyt was cappuccino’s en Nutella op toast. Ons was ook vrek gelukkig om yoghurt, piesangs en croissants te kry vir padkos ⭐️

      2km buite Estella is die Irache Wine Fountain. Bodegas Irache was so gaaf om gratis wyn uit hulle buite muur te laat vloei om pelgrims dronk te maak teen 8:30 am sodat hulle van hul skete en kwale kan vergeet.

      Praat van kwale, daar is gerugtige dat vele van ons St Jean Camino familie al uitgeval het asgevolg van kniee en enkels. Daar is ook n storie dat twee mense hulle lewens Sondag verloor het in die Pyranees as gevolg van hart probleme. Ek voel dankbaar vir n gesonde lyf vandag. Die rus naweek gaan die voete en stywe heupe net goed doen.

      Aangekom met die bus in Logrono en ek mis dadelik die platteland.
      Het vanaand na die Church of Santiago gaan kyk en was betyds vir n pelgrims seëning (als in Spans).

      Van nou af gaan dit weer vreemde gesiggies wees op die trail aangesien ek n dag uit gaan wees met my Camino familie van die week. Maar sien uit na die volgende hoofstuk.
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    • Day 9

      Day 9 - Logrono

      September 16, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Another day of big climbing in the hills: some vey steep sections but with nice long rolling descents. Found a squashed tarantula sized scorpion on the road - caution needed before sitting on any rocks. Another early start but we arrived before 3pm. We were greeted by the Rioja wine festival in full swing. The whole city is full and it is clear that red wine has been liberally spread about. Good atmosphere though and we’ll head out later to watch the marching band parades!
      52kms cycled today, 900m up, 950m down.
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    • Day 17

      Logrono, La Rioja

      September 28, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Whose stupid idea was it to walk 700+ km across Northern Spain by myself? The "I'm getting off the island" excitement has definitely worn off and the "It's a bloody long way to Santiago" reality has set in along with the "it would be much better if I'd brought someone with me to share the fun!"

      Of course, this was all to be expected and in reality the first few weeks have flown by. Most of my Pilgrim friends are days of weeks ahead of me by now but there will be new people to meet again this week.

      I've had my rest day in Logrono, capital of the La Rioja wine region. I did all the practical things like getting some new hiking sandals to try out on the trail, and some anti-inflammatory drugs in the hope that I can walk more than two days without needing a day off. And the laundry, I did that too.

      I also slept a lot. The body is adjusting both to walking and the opportunity for a siesta. The shops in Spain never seem to be open. Most are open from 10-2 and some from 5-7 with the odd big store open 8 hours a day.

      Cafes, normally called bars, are open longer but often the kitchen is shut until 8pm but there is a selection of tortillas (omelettes) and bocadillas (snacks) displayed on the counter. Alcohol and coffee seem to be served all day long.

      I really do prefer the villages and countryside than the cities, and will think twice about whether to have a rest day in a city again. The Camino seems always to go through the historical heart and pass by all the must see sights so nothing is missed if you follow the Way.

      Of course, the main attraction of La Rioja is the wine and I'll be passing by many vineyards over the coming days.
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    • Day 7

      Tapas paradise

      July 29, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Logroño is known as the gastronomical capital of Spain, so I went to check it out with my new friends Jane (from Ireland) and Lubo (Bulgarian living in Spain).
      The photos were taken around 9pm, when the Calle Laurel starts buzzing. Note how clear the sky still is at that time!Read more

    • Day 16

      From Sansol to Logrona

      September 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Day 12 and 13 in Logrono - The Albergue Palacio de Sansol turned out to be an amazing place. It was a 320 year old palace lovingly restored by the current owner, José Maria. His family had owned it in the early 1900s and then sold it. Jose bought it back for €30,000 in the 1990s and more recently spent a millón euros to restore it into a really charming albergue.
      The pilgrim dinner was cooked by Jose and consisted of a watery soup of what looked like celery to me - but turned out to be artichoke stems. I was among the 5% that didn’t particularly like it (it needed some masala). Luckily there was a twenty-something sitting next to me who was starving and had my share - so was not wasted. This guy is an aspiring actor from LA - so we took a selfie I can show off one day.
      The next morning, yesterday, I reluctantly left Sansol - I had such a nice room, I wanted to hang out - and made my way to Viana, the halfway point. That path, all 11 kms - was a complete knee buster - there were seriously steep climbs and descents all the way to Viana. At Viana I found I had caught up with all my dinner friends who had left at 6 am because there was a bull festival happening in town and they were hanging out waiting for it. I watched the fireworks and the procession with them but didn’t wait for the bull run because of the timing. I had another 10km to get to Logrono.
      Logrono is a vibrant town. One neighborhood is devoted to tapas/pinchos bars and people hang around there snacking and drinking. Nobody eats dinner till 9 or 10pm. The town has a beautiful cathedral, Santa María de Palacio, and I got a much coveted stamp in my pilgrim passport - the lady at the tourist office said that it was hard to get.
      Last night, as I sat outside with a glass of red Rioja, some of my Sansol friends showed up and we ended up having more wine along with some a amazing but weird tapas. Surprisingly the 2 glasses of wine didn’t give me a headache!
      I spent 2 nights in Logorno. And btw, I’ve completed a hundred miles walking the Camino….
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    • Day 21

      Aujourdhui congé - Lessive - relaxation

      May 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Aujourd’hui on a déniché une “Lavenderia” afin de faire notre lessive. L’équipement était d’excellente qualité, récent, rapide et simple d’utilisation.

      Réservations: on a aussi réservé nos 2 prochaines nuits. Difficile de trouver mais nous avons réussi en choisissant des hôtels un peu plus dispendieux, mais le confort sera assuré.

      Nous sommes chanceux puisqu'il pleuvait aujourd'hui et nous étions en congé. Avant la « Siesta espagnole » nous en avons profité pour faire un arrêt dans un bar à tapas. Après une bonne bière, nous avons choisi de manger quelques tapas et un bon vin rouge dans la capitale de Rioja. Merci à mon complice de m’avoir fait découvrir les tapas. Quelle belle découverte... 🤗 Merci !!!

      Demain ce sera l’étape no 8. de Logroño à Nájera, une rando de 30 km. Ce parcours est considéré comme modéré. Nous attaquerons 5 étapes consécutive totalisant
      131 km avant les sections de la Meseta. « Pas par Pas, toujours devant ».
      Buen Camino
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    • Day 10

      Day 10: Logroño

      September 19, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      We had a bit of a hiker jam at our lodging in Los Arcos this morning, when those of us trying to get an early start on the long day to Logroño were stymied by the albergue’s locked door.

      The instructions for pressing a button to open were not working. Eventually, someone woke up the hospitalera and she unlocked the door with a key.

      We were soon on our way in the dark, looking forward to breakfast in Sansol, the next town about 7 kilometers away. Alas, no food was available there but we scored delicious tortilla sandwiches in Torres del Rio, which was just 1 kilometer further.

      Much of the rest of the day’s hike was in full sun or on pavement, which makes for a harder walk. Which meant that we were pretty wiped by the time we arrived at our hotel in Logroño.

      Nonetheless, hot showers are always wonderfully restorative, so as soon as I post this we’re off to see about a barber for Allan, and then to sample some pintxos.

      Tomorrow, we’ll have an “easy” 12 1/2 kilometers hike to Navarrete.
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    • Day 4

      La Laurel

      July 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      This is a street in Logroño with dozens of food stands and street side food vending. And the best part is: everyone has at last one or two amazing vegan and vegetarian dishes and everything can be made gluten free, even the croquetas.Read more

    • Day 10

      Day 11. - Logrono

      May 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      A long day, 27.8 kms, but good paths, cloudy , 20-degree temperatures with a sprinkling of rain the last 5 kms before reaching Logrono. We had been warned to fill up with water because of the few drinking fonts along this portion of the way. There were some steep sections, but generally short, or shorter than what we’ve experienced. As always, the descents are tougher -walking poles a godsend- but extra caution required, especially when using your knees as brakes.
      I started walking at 6:30, shortly connecting with a young teachers from Melbourne. As predicted, we compared our teaching experiences. Shortly afterward, a slim, 6-foot, four-inch, athletic man wearing a sombrero, garbed in a full priest’s frock, scampered past us while reading a book. He even had a white collar, only stopping long enough to acknowledge each of us as he passed by. I never saw him again.
      I also came across a young father walking the whole Camino with his six and eight year-old daughters. Their goal today was to do 17 kms, but he planned to do the whole route with them in 45 days. He was very impressive. He carried his six year-old up the steep climbs on his shoulders with the eight year-old in tow. As I passed them on the top of the hill I overheard the six year-old complaining about getting tired, to which he responded, “This is the discomfort we talked about dear. Life is about putting up with the discomfort.”
      I spent the rest of the walk into Logrono with a lady from North Carolina, and I reconnected with Thomas from Germany. At 2:00 I checked in to my hotel, rested a few hours then connected with a Kingston couple and a couple from England. We were hungry but nothing open until 8:00 when we went out for sushi. Long day again tomorrow.
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