LOS ARCOS – LOGRONO
We’ve started walking early this morning, because we’ve heard we might expect some rain later and we’ve had quite some distance to cover to Logrono.
Leaving Los Arcos early morning with some rain clouds in the distance
The good news was that we will be entering the great wine-producing region of La Rioja today. Back home, we do like to have a good glass of red wine every now and then and the Stellenbosch area near Cape Town really produce world quality wine. We’ve however heard good things about the Rioja wine in Spain and were looking forward to have a taste.
There were a few steep up hills towards Viana, but it was most of the time neatly paved and therefore not too shabby to walk on
One could almost caption this photo with: How far is it really?
As we’ve walked through Viana, I thought that little has probably changed since medieval pilgrims stumbled along these old streets – it just had this ancient feeling. There was a market in the historical center where food and clothes were being sold, but we did not stop as we were trying to get ahead of the rain.
The ancient streets of Viana
But then, as we’ve walked out of Viana, the rain started to fall. For the first time, we’ve had to get our rain jackets and covers out from our backpacks.
With Logrono another 6.8km further, we’ve walked every now and then in a light drizzle
Fortunately, this only lasted for about 15 minutes. Our trousers were quite wet, but soon dried again in the light wind … good that we’ve chosen quick-dry walking trousers!
Pilgrims really make an effort to ensure we’re going in the right direction!
The sun was playing cat and mouse and every now and then there was just a hint of a drizzle, but the heavy rain stayed away.
We had to cross the busy N-111 … fortunately over a bridge
“Only” 616km to Santiago 😉
And then, as we’ve got to Logrono, a heavy rainstorm welcomed us into town! To find your way to an albergue in the rain is not that easy, but fortunately, Conchi (our Camino friend from Spain) joined us. With her being able to ask for directions in Spanish, we were shortly on our way to Hostel Entresuenos.
The bridge that took us into Logrono
It was really nice to get our wet clothes off to shower and put dry clothes back on. We’ve had our lunch of cheese, chorizo sausage and tomatoes and then walked through the town of Logrono.
Our albergue walked out on a long street filled with little bars and restaurants. As it was weekend, it was quite busy. Later that evening, we gathered with a couple of pilgrim friends at one of the restaurants and had our first taste of the famous Rioja wine … it was indeed a good drinking wine ☺️
I must maybe just mention that it is here in Logrono that we’ve first met Carl from the USA. Before we’ve embarked on our journey, we’ve joined a Camino forum on the internet to get as much information as possible. Carl was also a member on this forum and he told Berto that he will be on the Camino at the same time as what we’ve planned ours. He (jokingly) said we must look out for the guy with the big hat. As we’ve walked out of Puente la Reina on our second day, Berto saw this guy with the big hat … non-other than Carl from the USA!
What a fun evening we’ve had in Logrono. Carl, John from Ireland, Conchi and Pili from Spain and Deulet from Kazakstan joined us for drinks that evening.
It was also the first time that we’ve seen the preparations (called “processions”) for Easter Weekend by the Catholic church. Different church communities came together and marched through the streets of Logrono with the air filled with their rhythmical drum sounds.
Easter Processions through the streets of Logrono
It was already dark in our dorm when we’ve finally got to our beds and we’ve had to feel our way into our sleeping bags.
It was another day with good memories.