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  • Day14

    Longrono to Ventosa 12 miles

    October 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    I had to look at the guide book to determine where I am. Been walking too long.

    First pic is the group that I enjoyed dinner with last night. Normally the Spanish do not eat before 8 PM and we were chased from one restaurant, the Drunken Duck, only to find a restaurant that was willing to break with tradition, feed six pilgrims early and make money. Eleven euros each for a three course meal, water and a very good wine. Yummy. Will do that again.

    Private room was nice and I enjoyed the quiet.

    The morning was chilly, but after three large chocolate donuts, I was ready for anything. Ran into one of the Australian folks from day one and we had a mid morning snack, then it was pointed out to me olive trees, walnut and almond trees, and grape vnes. Grapes were very sweet and I had to explain how to clean them before chewing them (swish them around the mouth and spit out the dirty salave before chewing the grapes). Works every time. Learned that from a comic strip when I was a child.

    Today was an easier day for me...and I enjoyed it. Needed to do some laundry and relax. Tomorrow will be more milage, but not sure how much.

    Sunrise was looking over my shoulder at the industrial area of Logrono so decided to not take pics. Walked through parks, ducking sprinkler water to stay dry, then open countryside and finding the turnoff for Ventosa. Had lunch, laundry is done and drying on the line so I should smell nice in the am.

    Note the bull, the church (beautiful ), and the sign in front of the wine making facility.

    More stories to tell, but will wait.
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  • Day16

    Pintxas and tapas

    May 9, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    These are the Basque and Spanish words for cocktail food. Many counters in cramped bars throughout the region are spread with delicacies placed under the noses of customers so they can inhale the aromas and gently warm them on the exhale. I've never been convinced of the value of a meal which has to be eaten with a toothpick, but many people seem to like buying food by the mouthful. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I thought so I tried one in the local bar.
    This was a mistake for which I paid over the next couple of days, and only running a high temperature and the ablution block fixed it.
    The moral of the story is "beware of food on a stick, for eating it may make you sick."
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  • Day16


    May 9, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Juta from Austria runs the albergue. She tells me that the decision to half the number of beds in Roncevalles is a new and deliberate policy to limit the numbers of travellers. The authorities have woken up to the fact that there are not only more pelegrinos walking but exponentially more tourinos (their word) who are having a subsidised biking or hiking holiday. Many of the albergues are run by volunteers and are not-for-profit. One measure being considered, I am told, is requiring potential pilgrims to write a justification for why they wish to undertake the journey before being issued their passport or credential.
    I think making Koreans and Germans walk alone would reduce numbers sufficiently.
    This emblem of the Camino is 12 million years old, so I guess it makes the walk the oldest in the world.
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  • Day16

    1km of art

    May 9, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    As I left Navarette I bruised my Achilles' tendon by lacing my boots too tight. So, after only about 3 km, when I saw a sign saying '1 km of art' pointing off the direct route to Ventosa, I decided to stop there to recuperate.
    A wall was the only artwork I found.
    The famous pilgrimage shell.

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