Friday 29th March 2013, pictures to follow
Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
27Trip End May 05, 2013
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Where I stayed
The Austrian warden was a charming lady that re-payed the bad recommendation with free refreshment until 1 in the morning, funnily enough I slept very well that night! Even without the excellent refreshment it was the most charming and friendly hostel.
We crawled on through what I remember was beautiful countryside, eventually stopping about a small town for second breakfast. Jan walked on, as he just gets into his stride and keeps going. Laura had gone by bus to the next stop, as her feet were bad. Sabina and I had got into the habit of stopping every few hours for a coffee and tortilla to keep us going. We called these second breakfast, third breakfast, first lunch etc. As we have to be out the hostels by 8 in the morning we had plenty of time for these breaks. If it was after twelve it became beer O´clock and became first lunch. These cafes were always in little villages with beautiful views.
It was only 22 km today, but my left ankle started to hurt. It put out my posture, so soon my left knee and hip were also killing me, it made those 22 km seem an awful long way especially as it rained hard the last 5 or 6 km.
We stayed at a private hostel in Los Arcos, the warden was not very friendly or helpful which was very unusual
After a terrible dinner the night before Jan could not stand anymore bad food so cooked for the four of us. He made a pasta with Spanish sausage, it was beautiful, it was his own recipe that he would not share. He was a Celtic fan and occasionally flew over to Glasgow to see a match. He loved putting on a Scottish accent and said "no way you bastard" when I pressed him for the recipe. Jan now wanted to leave at 6 in the morning and press hard to Logrono. As I would be staying at a hotel with my friend Ian I would not be seeing him again. We said our goodbye's, he said every man must walk his own Camino. I am not sure if he meant he must walk on alone or every man must find his own way in life, I think he meant a bit of both. If you are lucky you occasionally meet someone that just makes your life feel richer when you are with them and poorer when they are gone, Jan was just such a friend.