Tuesday 2nd April 2013
Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
27Trip End May 05, 2013
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Where I stayed
A massive hostel full of Spanish tourists
The rolling hills are now changing from the vines of Rioja to wheat fields. Its very green and looks just like England. The clearer days have finally shown the beauty of this fantastic country. However we can see clouds with rain falling in the distance. The clouds touch the mountains, its hard to see where the earth stops and sky begins. Laura has blisters and is in great pain from her foot but even she is struck by the beauty of it all.
We come to a town built around a golf course. Its time for first lunch and refreshment! The Golf club bar is on the edge of town and is full of walkers not golfers
We arrive at the hostel in a lovely old town. The hostel is a new one that has been made from knocking three old ones together. It has about 270 beds in dozens of rooms over three floors. Its full of Spanish holiday makers. It does not charge but takes a donation of a few Euros, I suspect its used as cheap accommodation by the Spanish. We run into an old friend Eve, he is a Swiss guy who has an easy charm and is fluent in several languages. He talks to everyone and is known to all on the route. He wears only sandals, as he damaged his foot on the first day up the mountain from France. He waddles like a duck when he walks, it would be comical if it was not for his pain which we all share now as his friends.
We try to get an early dinner but the restaurants do not open till 8 at the earliest, which is crazy as we have to be in by 10 and they do a 3 course Pilgrim menu that takes hours to serve! We find a place to eat but it has only Spanish menus. We are not sure of any of the food so order 3 of each course and hope for the best. Its not bad and only 12 Euros but we only just get back to the hostel by 10. I am tired so go straight to bed but a woken around two by the bloody snoring even with ear plugs. The Spanish have partied hard and are snoring harder, I never thought I would say it but come back the Germans!