On Our 'Way' travel blog

Puenta la Reina



Fuentes del vino

Beautiful countryside

Village life

La Camino

Fiesta de St. Barnabus



July 9- Logrono awakes with a little hangover after it's fiesta activities last night. At bedtime I heard a band coming down our street and opened the window to see a 4 ft wide face go by my window- the procession of Los Gigantes, the huge puppet statues of kings and queens are rolling around the town in a parade to top off the night.

Whoever said that the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain has not been to the Rioja region in early June! We are reminded again that our special light pack-covering ponchos are the best last minute supplies we bought, as the rain today is worthy of any Vancouver storm. This is famous wine country and we get a good look at the rich Rioja soil (translation- mud) as it adds some character to our boots. We are known as the crazy Canucks who hike in t-shirts and shorts under the ponchos and say "this is nothIng!" We pass through the historic Camino town of Navarette with cappuccino to revive us, and the small village of Ventosa, where we pick up some English companions for a time and a funny character in his 60's from Switzerland that has a pace too fast for these achey legs. We limp, ok I limp, into Najera after 31 km today. We are learning about our abilities on the way. I start off early like a jackrabbit, full of energy, but hit a sort of wall at >25 km and pain hits multiple areas, slowing me down. Doug starts out slower, stretching the back every half hr. but when we near the end he starts striding quickly like a horse who can see his barn. We are learning to modify. Najera is a cool looking town against a rock face, atop of which stands an ancient Castillo. We have dinner with Armin the Swiss man and his walking partners, a young lawyer fellow from London and a young lady from Portland who says "my parents would love you guys". We drink some vino tinto from Rioja (.....when in Rioja!!)

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