MILES: 14 CUMULATIVE MILES: 85
STEPS: 27,100 CUMULATIVE STEPS: 212,000
TIME WALKING: 6 HOURS CUMULATIVE TIME WALKING: 40 HOURS
Today was an “easy day”, only 14 miles!
It was a beautiful sunny day and I walked through some fantastic landscapes. This was a welcome relief from yesterday’s agony with the rain.
So let’s begin.
Actually, the morning started out a little cloudy for the first 90 minutes. During that time I came a across an interesting find…
Something You Don’t Find In America
This area has lots of vineyards and wineries and about 45 minutes down the road a wonderful sign appeared:
A “wine fountain”??? Sounds interesting. A few minutes later I was greeted by this:
A closer inspection revealed a faucet dispensing FREE red wine.
The local winery has been giving away free wine to pilgrims for years. I’m not a wine common-sewer 🙂 but it tasted pretty good. But at 8:00am, it was hard to judge…
After a nice taste of wine, it was back to walking and following the yellow arrows…
About 30 minutes later the sun came out and I was greeted with speculators views and warm sunshine.
Hey, that’s me 🙂
OKAY… can you guess what they are growing below??? Put your answers in the comments. I will reveal the answer in tomorrow’s blog post.
This is where I had lunch. It was a little spot for the pilgrims to eat with a few benches. It was very civilized.
Great Pilgrim Story
Off to my right (as I was having lunch) was a rickety wooden cart with a French guy selling snacks. He told me that he started his Camino a couple of weeks ago, but ran out of money. So he built this cart and will sell snacks along the way to fund his Camino adventure. Every pilgrim has a story…
After lunch it was a quick 1 hour walk to Los Arcos, my stop for the day. A few more pics:
A fun trail marker…
I got to Los Archos at around 2pm.
Once in town, I decided to splurge and get a hotel room for the night!
I’m In Nirvana 🙂
The guy gave me double room for the price of a single… about $45… NICE!!!
WOW!!!!!! A proper bathroom just for me!!!!!
Plus they actually had really fast internet!!!!
Since I got into town early, I had time to blog & wash all my stinking clothes 🙂 .
Many Ways To Do The Camino
I had dinner at a nice restaurant in a hotel down the street (my hotel didn’t have a restaurant) and was invited to sit with a bunch of other pilgrims. They were doing the Camino in a different way… they used a booking company. They had all their reservations (in hotels) taken care of, their backpacks were taxied to each site and they were given a nice box lunch every morning.
Another way to do the Camino is to stay at the big municipal hostels (for about 5 euros) and cook your meals in the hostel every night.
I’m going for the middle by staying at smaller (private) hostels for ~10 euros and eat out. But I will try the cheap way tomorrow.
- It was really great to walk in the warm sun… It did a lot for the soul today.
- Spending the night in the hotel was GREAT!!! It was a great experience:
- Sleeping without ear plugs.
- Cotton sheets
- No snoring
- Drying off with a real cotton towel.
- I think I will stay in a few more hotels along the way… especially if I get into town early.
Time for sleep…