Today’s distance: 10.2 km
Total distance: 174.9 km
Elevation gain: 156 metres
Weather: Blue skies; cool
After meeting Lesley this morning, I didn’t notice my sore feet quite so much. I might have even picked up the cadence.
She was behind me until I stopped to take off my jacket. When she caught up with me, she asked where I am from. She guessed that I was Canadian from Victoria because we have the same buffs acquired through the Canadian Company of Pilgrims. She lives in the Fernwood area. We made an instant connection and walked the rest of the way into Logrono together.
We found our way to a cafe in Logrono’s city centre where we had an early lunch of tortilla and cafe con leche and exchanged contact numbers so we can get together at home. I may not see her along the way since my feet are slowing me down and she was heading for Navarette today while I am staying in Logrono.
I was aiming for the Check In Rioja Albergue in Logrono but it was already “completo” so I am at the Municipal Albergue where there are 24 beds in my room. I am in a top bunk with loads of head room – always appreciated. It is a corner room with windows on two sides so it is bright and airy. This albergue is the cheapest one yet at only 7 Euros.
The kitchen is well organized, clean, and has a balcony. There is also a large patio with drying racks, lots of seating and a dispensing machine. The cerveza hit the spot as I watch the men hanging their wash.
The only downside is the showers. There are four tiny showers in a bathroom for both sexes with clear glass doors and an open area to dry off and get dressed. Being a reserved Canadian, a foot bath is all I need. It was a short walking day anyway and I heard that the water was rather chilly.
Right now I am wondering if the nearby church bells will ring all night. I am sitting on the patio here at the albergue and looking straight up at the bell tower.