The forecast was for rain. The distance for today 30km from Logrono to Najera. Not a good combination!
Luckily it only rained overnight and although the clouds were threatening, the rain held off today.
I was walking alone today and it felt lonely. Tania was going to catch the 10.30am bus for Najera and hopefully check into our booked accommodation a bit earlier to rest her feet. The bus would take 30min, i walked ot in 7hrs!
I left at 5.30am from the very loud and extremely cramped Logrono municipal albergue. It was still dark, making it very difficult to follow the arrows out of town. There was noone in front of me that I could follow and the arrows weren’t all yellow, some were pink!
Luckily I stumbled my way out of town on the right path as eventually the yellow arrows returned and guided me through Navarette and Ventosa, each 10km apart.
This is the La Rioja region….wine growing country. So I passed mostly vineyards today. The soil was rich, red clay and slippery after last nights rain.
I talked a little while with Rex from WA.Recently retired, he had planned his big trip with wife Mary only to be told 10 days before leaving that he had some major cartilage issue with his hips making walking near impossible….but not for Rex. He promised his doctor that he would use walking sticks and with each painfully slow step, he was going to make it to Santiago.
There is always inspiration to be found on the way even when the day appears long and lonely.