Carlton Rioja Hotel
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Why do the lyrics from a country music song so often describe my life? It is amazing what a can of coke, three cafe con leches, chocolate, and some laughs with fellow pilgrims will motivate me to do. I walked 29 km today and I don't think I need to put into words how my body feels.
I left the hostel in Los Arcos at 7 am to the sound of church bells. Walking down a wide path, through open fields I was in Viena by ...
... 5 miles thru the city, and had not seen our place called " El Camino". So we stopped at a bench in the shade, removed our packs and Jim began stopping locals on foot, asking directions. The first few people he asked didn't seem to understand that we were looking for a "hotel" called El Camino, not THE Camino. Each contact was given an gracious "muchas gratias" and Jim moved to the next. Then, he found a person or two who understood we were looking for a hotel, but had ...
... has struck me is the enormous cross section of people, cultures, ages and modes of transport undertaking the walk. I don't think there is a European nation i haven't come across, quite a number of asian countries and huge contingents from the commonwealth nations. Stan has been a little lacking though (eg countries that end with stan - turkmenistan, afganistan etc etc). So to has transport, obviously lots of walkers and cyclists. I have come across horseback riders, one guy ...
... their clothes to dry on a line on the terrace.
19. People watch American-made TV shows with different language voice-overs.
20. Spanish people are much more aware of events, politics, media, etc. of other countries.
21. Most people want to learn or are in the process of learning English.
22. They walk just about everywhere, I LOVE THIS!!!
23. Their shades are different than the ones in the US. They ...
... get up and hike on! Don't feel stuffed, just sufficiently sated with a fuelled body!
Got into Najera at 1:45. That's 6 3/4 hours including brekky and lunch stops for 31kms, impressive given the terrain! Very glad I sent 3kgs of my stuff forward today, helped immensely and my feet are tired but not so angry with me. The calf still feels really "pingy" so I think I'll do it again tomorrow even though ...