On Our 'Way' travel blog

200k done!

Walking with an Irish friend

Lavados las ropas!

Cathedral in Santo Domingo

St.Domingo de la Calzada

Los Pelegrinos- shadows of our former selves!

No words.....

Leaving Rioja

June 11- We have survived another night in a large albergue. This one in St. Domingo is run by the Spanish confraternity and is really nice. On arrival we are offered wine and a foot specialist with a well stocked kit sits and attends to people's foot issues. There are many injuries- just that day we see a lady walking in flip flops with huge blisters and a young girl has a large blown up knee. This albergue has a sunny patio and a great lounge with big comfy couches, kitchen and dining room. When we arrive the Italian cyclists are cooking up fragrant pasta. We get some sleep despite the wiggly bunkbeds- only 1 whistling snorer. In the morning we are woken by the roosters, and no need for watches here- the church bells in these country towns let us know. At 6:00 am the Italians are cooking pasta and tomato sauce again! The canadians are often the last to leave the albergue- most are on the road by 6:30.

We walk to Belorado today, through the wheat fields. This is big sky country similar to southern Alberta. The small town of Granon offers up the best panaderia by far - got to have the croissant con chocolate for the road! Part of the walk is tedious as the Camino runs alongside of the main highway for miles. There's a pleasant interlude where we come apon a limping peligrino dressed in red pants and a leather sombrero, singing in Italian. When we ask him Como estas? he answers "better than yesterday!" in a clear British accent. We cross into the region of Castilla Y Leon . Bellorado has ancient cave dwellings in the rock walls behind the cathedral as well as hilltop ruins of the 9th century palace of Alfonso III, king of Navarra. Tonight we luck out to have a private room in a lovely small albergue-small pleasures mean alot.

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