Torres del Río

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    • Day 15

      Torres del Rio Spain

      May 9 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Day 7 Torres del Rio
      Distance from Estella to Torres del Rio 32kms

      With a long day ahead we rose early and walked out into the crisp
      early morning. We almost had the path to ourselves maybe due to the early start and pilgrims spreading out. We marveled at the quietness and beauty of rural Spain the sun was shining and a temperature of 25c we were all smiles.
      Passed by a fabulous wine chateau (Monjardin) in a small village and took a short break where we lunched under a shady tree and talked about how fortunate we were to be having such a wonderful adventure. We arrived mid afternoon to our albergue for the night (with a bonus of a plunge pool) after 32kms. We were feeling good.
      Heading to Logrono tomorrow approximately 20kms.
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    • Day 11

      Villamayor to Torres del Rio 21km 7 hrs

      September 15, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      A quiet day on the trail. There wasn’t a lot of elevation and the sun stayed behind the clouds. Otherwise it could have been a hard walk with no shade. Our highlight today was seeing a farmer herding his ducks down the middle of the road just outside of Los Arcos.
      We aren’t so fond of our albergue tonight. Lots of people in our room and no real charm to the building , however we have met some very nice people so that makes it ok!
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    • Day 24

      Bercianos to Mansilla to Leon.

      September 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      Left for Mansilla at 8 AM. Approximately 25 km's. From Mansilla, several of us caught the train to Leon with Paola for she was leaving the Camino here to get back to her home in Italy for her job. She comes back to Leon next year to finish her Camino. She was so helpful with the culture and language barriers. She was so determined on the trails, relentless at times. I knew her pushing hard and never quit attitude was going to help me and it really did.Read more

    • Day 6–7

      Day 5 Estella - Sansol

      May 1 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      28.4 km (141.6 from start). 6h 10min. 2000 Calories. 34000 steps.

      Latte start in Estella. Good breakfast and start at 7.30am. Rain half of the stage but pretty chill out there (7°C). Still prefer this weather instead of sun and 20+°

      Pain in my knees is bad - especially in the start. If there are downhills, like today, then it is not funny. Will start tomorrow stage with pain killers as first 10km of that stage is called “knee wreckers”.

      Walked alone first 18km - and passed by famous place - wine on tap. Free to pilgrims. It was 8am so I just took the picture and walked through.

      Cached up with Judita at 18km mark - we were heading to same hostel and once again, she was walking slowly - just what my knees needed.

      Fortunately not so many hills in last 15km so I am filling pretty good.

      It is 3pm, I am writing this blog and have whole 4 hours before the dinner. Luxury if you ask me. My clothes is washed, I had nice warm shower - just need some snacks and a cold cola.
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    • Day 37

      Palacio Albergue Sansol

      May 28, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Here in Sansol just a 6 km walk from Los Arcos, I arrived at Palacio de Sansol. This was a 17th century ruin, bought by a retired chemistry professor and refurbished at a cost of over one million euros. That's around 1.75 million nzd!

      He obviously had a vision, and this 78 year old still does all the cooking for guests every night. I was glad to be here and bought a luxurious single room for a couple of nights.

      On my way into Sansol, I again met Jessie who had stayed here last night, again she offered me resources and fruit, asking if there was anything else she could do for me, I think I reminded her of her mum. She's a lovely young woman and I wish her all good things. I really did look so bedraggled.

      As the weather heats up, I'm gonna have to pack my jacket which I've been trying around my chest for ease of carrying. I'm having my back pack transported for now to make it easier.
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    • Day 6

      Tag 6: Ayegui - Torres del Rio

      February 25 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

      Im Morgengrauen verließ ich Ayegui und kam an die sagenumwobene Weinquelle der Kellerei ‚Irache‘, an der jeden Tag 200 L Wein kostenlos abgezapft werden können. Kein Wunder, dass da so mancher Pilger schon seit Tagen drauf hinfiebert…
      Ich gönnte mir einen kleinen symbolischen Schluck um 7:00 Uhr morgens, bevor ich dann im Dauerregen weiter Richtung ‚Los Arcos‘ lief.
      Trotz des ungemütlichen Wetters, machte es Spaß durch die nassen Wälder, nebelverhangenen Felder und Olivenhaine zu streifen.
      Die Wege wurden zu Pfützen und neben dem Schlamm unter den Füßen gesellte sich das Wasser in den Schuhen. Trotzdem hatte ich richtig gute Laune. Es war schön, mal wieder alleine zu laufen. So frei wie heute habe ich mich lange nicht gefühlt.

      Dennoch war die kurze Pause für ein halbes Baguette und eine Tafel Schokolade der Auslöser für eine Kälte, die mir so schnell nicht mehr aus den Knochen ging. Schlussendlich hatte ich alles an, was ich bei mir trage: Regenjacke, Kunstfaserjacke, Fleece & T-Shirt.
      In ‚Sansol’ stießen dann Sascha (GER) und Alex (SWE) zu mir und wir wanderten gemeinsam weiter bis ‚Torres del Rio’, wo wie von den Klängen ACDCs in der Herberge willkommen geheißen wurden.
      Ähnlich, wie im Film „The way“, war der Besitzer sehr eigenartig. Ich könnte schwören, dass genau er als Inspiration zur Szene im Film wurde. Mit überschwänglichen Bewegungen donnerte er die Stempel in unsere Pilgerpässe, bevor er uns dann laut trällernd zu unseren Betten führte.
      Leider wies kurz darauf fünf unserer Freunde ab und ließ sie nach fast 30 km weitere 10 km laufen. Grund dafür war wahrscheinlich ein sehr impulsiver Moment zwischen ihm und einem unserer Freunde. Der Typ war echt unberechenbar…

      Nachtrag: Der Abend in Herberge von Vincente war unglaublich!! Beim Pilgermenü für 12€ haben wir 3 Flaschen Wein getrunken und nach dem Dessert noch das Schnapsregal durchprobiert - alles auf Geheiß von Vincente! Bei jedem nächsten hieß es: „camino speziale“!
      Zudem die bewegenden Worte unseres Koreaners Ken, der sich und seine Gedanken zum Camino ins Handy sprach… Es war ein toller Abend und so mancher von uns wird wohl sehr fest schlafen.
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    • Day 20

      “Des pierres au service du pèlerin”

      May 8, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Chemin de Compostelle 14/40
      Étape #7 Camino francés" de Torres del Rio à Logroño.
      Kilomètres parcourus: 23,3 km. Cumulatif : 388,9 km, 25,5 km de moyenne par jour.

      6h30, un départ canon ce matin avec près de 4 km de montées répétitives. Un paysage différent à tous les jours toujours aussi grandiose.
      Une pause après 2 1/2 heures et 10,5 km dans cette belle petite ville de Viana qui serait située située dans la zone non bascophone. Le castillan y est la seule langue officielle (le basque n’y a pas de statut officiel). On dit de cette ville qu’elle a une atmosphère médiévale. Nombre d’habitants : un peu plus de 4 000.

      Pendant la rando, j’ai été intrigué par 2 abris fabriqués par des pèlerins avec des pierres (photos). Je n’avais jamais vu ça. Ça ressemblait à un igloo mais en utilisant les pierres, bien futé j’ai trouvé.
      Nous sommes officiellement dans la région de Rioja et les vignes sont très présentes (photo).
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    • Day 13

      Day 10

      August 31, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

      Torres to Lorgrono
      Left 6.45 am arrived 1.45 pm.
      Walked 20k today.
      The sun certainly came out today, and the last 5ks seemed to take forever. The terrain was more difficult today, very steep places with scoria, but we made it. We are staying in a public Albergue with men and women segregated. 16 in our room the same number as yesterday.
      10 days down and 30 days to go.
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    • Day 11

      Los Arcos to Logrono - part one

      April 2 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

      I had time to kill before dawn as I forgot to leave my head torch out and couldn't be bothered diving back in for it. Furthermore, and in a first, the albergue had sugar (!) so I made a cup of tea and read the first 10 pages of Wifedom to decide whether to bring it. I loved it instantly, and have since dipped into it at breakfast and in my post walk slump.

      Feeling particularly efficient, I sauntered out of the joint about 7.15am, a few metres behind a confident looking guy who I followed towards the road, where he promptly turned around and announced he was lost. We backtracked about 50m and got back on track, and he then insisted on walking together for the next seven kilometres.

      I've managed to avoid this so far so wasn't sure of the etiquette when he stopped to get out his tripod and DSLR every two seconds. I think his name was Jovan? Hungarian, big into birds, told me that thing yesterday wasn't an eagle, it was something else I can't remember the name of. Hump! Strike that sign then I guess.

      Approaching the first town of the day he'd jussssst started to express admiration for Trump and appreciation that Hungary rejected a bunch of refugees lately, so I resolved to do whatever he didn't at the bar. He stopped, so I kept going. He passed me when I was having breakfast in the next town a few kilometres further on. Seeya!

      I'd been harbouring a suspicion all morning that in my streamlined morning routine I'd managed to shed not only time but also the pair of underwear I was drying on the end of the bunk. I confirmed this at breakfast, but strangely couldn't bring myself to be upset about it. Yes, I've only got three (now two) and yes, they are a particular kind I won't be able to exactly replace here, and yes, I pride myself in taking care of things, but much more importantly, they're just scruds. Who cares.

      Oh I caught up with that Tescos plastic bag guy and asked if he's couriering his bag - he is. He's got FIVE pairs of boots in it, and he rotates each day. I still think a plastic bag is an insane day pack choice but you do you.
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    • Day 8

      Walking to Logroño

      April 17, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 39 °F

      Today was a longggg day. Walked 17 mi in hot weather w hardly any towns placed in a spot that made sense for me to stop - meaning I accidentally arrived to today’s hostel running on nothing but this morning’s cinnamon roll and little bocadillo.Read more

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