Day 10: May 4, 2016

Destination: Najera

Distance: 29km

Time: 8 hours – 8:45am to 4:45pm

Terrain: one moderate climb, lots of gentle incline and lots of flattish trail.

Weather: warm, sunny, hot in afternoon. Sunburn.

The alarm went off at 7:00 but we reset it to 7:30 and got up after a good sleep in a nice hotel. Packed up. Had a cafe con leche and hit the road at 8:45, a little later than we wanted but happy it was before 9am. We had about an hour walk out of the city which went through a park and past a lake reservoir. We didn’t find a store on the way out of town so we waited until Navarette to buy lunch food 3 hours later and ate lunch in the plaza (bread, salami, cheese, fruit).

Because it was going to be such a long walk today, we stopped for 5 minutes every hour and most times I took off my shoes. I bandaged my knee first thing in the morning and it felt pretty good all day. About an hour before we hit our destination, we stopped to soak our feet in a stream. It was a hot day and our feet felt hot and tired for the last 3 hours. The cold stream felt wonderful!

We arrived at Albergue Puerta de Najera just before 5pm and it was full. We were so glad we had emailed to reserve a private room with our own bathroom ahead of time! 45 euros was a good deal.

We unpacked, showered, and put a load of laundry on. Then we found a cafe and drank a jug of Sangria and ate tapas. When the restaurant closed for serving food, we brought out our own bags of peanut mix and ate that.

We came back to our room around 7:30 to relax and put away our laundry that was now dry and folded and waiting for us. We can’t get good wifi in the room so we are in the common room so I can write my blog.

It’s been a good day and I didn’t even have to ice my knee at the end of the day. Tomorrow we walk 20km to Santo Domingo. The weather is supposed to change tomorrow. Maybe a thunderstorm.

Ana left Estella today but is going slowly and nursing her foot. Maja saw a doctor in Logroño and he took X-rays (no fracture) but she has to rest it 3 days and then go easy. Fingers crossed for both women.

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