Viana to - Day 8
I only brought a silk sleeping bag liner. Not alberges have blankets so I use my towel as one if I need to. This morning with the window open, I was a little chilly. May have to start wearing socks to bed.
As I walk through Viana this morning I wish I had not felt sick last night. It is a beautiful little town with lots of interesting bars and restaurants.
Had to stop for cafe con leche at this beautiful bar even though I had a regular coffee before I left. The town has just started coming to life. Restaurant and bar owners putting their tables out, vegetable stand owners putting out produce.
By the bar there was a man roasting red peppers in a tumbler and selling them by large bags full. In another town a few days ago, I saw a man using a blow torch to roast them. I suspect they were for his personal use.
Everywhere you look, there are grapevines!
This area is known for the vineyards. Spectacular bunches of grapes line the paths as we are walking. They are so tempting but if pilgrims took what they wanted there would be none left on the vines. Last night when I had dinner in a bar, I was asked, "Do you want new or old wine. Old is best!" So far every wine I have tried has been great.
Ran into the guy from Winnipeg. He has massive blisters on his feet, a sore neck and is still carrying a 35 pound backpack. It is painful to watch him trudge along. How long will he tolerate the pain before he lightens his load?
As I was speaking to an Italian gentleman from Australia, I got stung by a wasp. I had forgotten how much that hurts. He and I were comparing notes on who had the most grandchildren. I won... Thank you Kristel, Ali and Pedro! ❤️
After eating I had a hard time finding the yellow camino markers. A Spanish man, who I think was also a pilgrim, helped me find my way. Then he disappeared.
I am planning get to Navarrete which is 13k from Logrono... Ventosa would be another 7k so I don't think I will attempt it today. I'll go to bed early and see if I can shake this sore throat.
Walked through the most beautiful park in Logrono. It is a really beautiful city. They seem to take a lot of pride in it as it is clean and the parks are gorgeous. Swans were swimming in one area of the park and they had large fish in another pond.
It was getting really warm by the time I got to Navarrete. However I decided to pass the first few alberges to see if i could run into some new people. The lady from Melbourne was at the one I picked but towel man is not here. Hopefully there will be less smokers in the room tonight. "Melbourne" is sharing a room with another women. I am in a room with 6 beds and so far it is just me and another young woman.
The first thing you do after a long day of walking is put your feet up for a bit, then shower, do laundry and next find food. The stores are still closed for siesta because I got here about 2:30. So strange how everything (except bars) closes between 2:00 and 4:00 or 4:30 , though also kind of nice. Then all of a sudden everything springs back to life!
What also surprises me is the fact that if you are standing at a crosswalk, all cars stop... Everytime! Pedestrians rule in Spain!