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Apr 7, 2014 - Estella to Los Arcos; Los Arcos to Logroño

Estella to Los Arcos This part of the trail is memorable since one passes La Fuenta de Vino (The fountain of wine) at Bodegas Irache - just a few kilometers outside Estella. Like all pilgrims, Pat and I were drinking vino tinto at 8:00 in the morning. The route is lovely along here - a bit of a hill to begin the day, but the wine, cooler morning and shade of the oak and pine forest made the climb easier. In the distance we could see huge cliffs and rolling green fields with small villages dotting the countryside. Los Arcos to...

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Oct 18, 2013 - Our one week sampler

Our experience with the Camino Francisco is now over- perhaps. It is difficult to say if we will be like the many others who keep coming back to complete the whole journey or to experience it again and again.It certainly is a type of trip we enjoy-active, scenic,time for quiet and reflection and opportunity to meet others. Our last two days became very social with the feeling of comradery being the main highlight. As we would catch up to others, there would be a check in to see how they were doing, perhaps share words of encouragement and...

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Oct 16, 2013 - Trails end for these Pilgrim's-Saying goodbye

Day 1 – 27.1km done in 7 hours, 10 minutes – SJPdP to Roncesvalles Day 2 – 21.5km done in 6 hours – to Zubiri Day 3 – 25km done in 7 hours, 45 minutes – to Cizur Mayor Day 4 – 20km done in 7 hours, 30 minutes– to Puenta la Reina Day 5 – 22.5km done in 7 hours – to Estella Day 6 – 19.7km done in 5 hours, 26 minutes – to Los Arcos Day 7 – 31km done in 7 hours, 12 minutes – to Logrono Please excuse the repetition of the above figures but we want to keep a running tally of this excursion. They represent the total time, from start to finish,...

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Sep 19, 2013 - One more try to send an update

Ok, one more try at an update using this blog: I'm in Logrono now but here are some notes I've previously tried to send: Sept 13th: a pamplona now after a wonderful several days of walking--from Hunto to Roncesvalles to Zubiri to here. Mi iPhone is dead due to drowning in the "waterproof" pocket of my "waterproof" rain jacket, which was sadly misnamed. The passage over the Pyrenees was breathtaking in a number of ways. Steep climbing with extraordinary views and many little magical episodes: walking above the tree line into a herd of...

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Jun 13, 2013 - People and stories of the Camino

People and Stories of the Camino: -Jeff is a young man from California who arrived with us on the late train into St.Jean Pied de Port. He didn't have accommodation booked and couldn't find a room. We ran into him days later and he told us 2 hilarious tales. The people in the pilgrim office called up someone to take him to their pensione. They picked him up in a van with no windows and kitchen chairs in the back to sit on- then apologized for the smell, as the donkey had been riding in there earlier! Then, when he stayed in the big albergue...

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Jun 11, 2013 - Santo Domingo to Belorado

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...

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Jun 10, 2013 - More joy in Rioja

Aahhh! 20 km and 20 degrees....Nejera in the early morning brilliant sun is very pretty. The cathedral is built into a cave in the rock wall. In the bright sunshine one can see why the area produces most of the wine in Spain . The Camino through the vineyards defies description. There are not enough words for green in the 3 languages I am working with here to do it justice. It is a wonderful sunny day of walking. Songs from "The Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz" intrude on my thoughts. Today we stroll with the 2girls from London and a...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Wine country

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...

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Aug 5, 2009 - Poor Feet

It was 5.50 am and the sounds of The Small Faces 1967 song Itchycoo Park gently increased in volume massaging me from dreamless sleep: “Over bridge of sighs To rest my eyes in shades of green Under dreaming spires To Itchycoo park, that's where I've been What did you do there? I got high What did you feel there? Well I cried But why the tears there? Tell you why It's all too beautiful, it's all too beautiful” It was still dark and the floor boards creaked and the torrent of water flushing from the cistern seemed to echo through the...

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Aug 21, 2008 - Time for a rest

Today I am taking a rest day in Lograño. I´ve walked some 140 km the past week. My Spanish vocabulary has expanded to include relevant terms like ´big blisters´, 'swollen ankles' and 'heavy backpack'. Despite the pain it´s been wonderful. The first day I walked from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles. It was 27 km. Most pilgrims take a path called the Napoleon route. I decided to take one which wasn´t so steep and had a stopover in a village after 10km. I was concerned I couldn´t make the distance in a day because I am a wee bit out of...

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Jul 9, 2007 - Love Logrono - our favourite destination so far (although Paros could still be on par)

Ok. Logrono (or Logrrrrrrno as the locals tend to prounounce it) gets the gong as being the best place we have visited so far on our travels. We arrived here on an old and decrepit train, so old in fact I was waiting for a little train engineer in blue striped overalls and peak hat to appear and ask for fit young male volunteers to stoke the engine with coal.... But seriously, Spain has reputation for having the worst train infrastructure and so far this is totally correct. Barcelona to Logrono is about 420kms and the trip took 7 hours,...

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Jun 1, 2007 - Calahorra, Spain

La Rioja is divide into the upper, middle and lower areas and we stayed in the lower Rioja in the town of Calahorra (the upper Rioja near Hara would be a better location but there wasn't a Parador available there). Calahorra is a much larger, more modern town than Olite, not as pretty but it did have a nice treed pedestrian boulevard lined with shops and restaurants. The people are much friendlier here. We went for a nice run around a nearby lake and then drove to the Upper Rioja to a small town called Brioles where we visited a Bodega...

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