Days 14 and 15 - Espinoza to Atapuerca to Burgos

Blisters, a cold and rain but as of Burgos, I have walked 178 miles. It was fun playing tourist in The city and seeing fellow pilgrims doing the same.

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Trying to beat the rain

Trying to beat the rain

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San Juan de Ortega's simple tomb. In the 1100s he dedicated his life to loping pilgrims reach Santiago in one piece

San Juan de Ortega's simple tomb. In the 1100s he dedicated his life to loping pilgrims reach Santiago in one piece

Agés

Agés

Atapuerca, where the earliest human remains in Europe were discovered

Atapuerca, where the earliest human remains in Europe were discovered

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A rainbow shines somewhere over Burgos and the private hotel room I booked

A rainbow shines somewhere over Burgos and the private hotel room I booked

Burgos' evolution museum, this skull was discovered at Atapuerca

Burgos' evolution museum, this skull was discovered at Atapuerca

Plaza mayor, Burgos

Plaza mayor, Burgos

Tired pilgrim...I know how he feels

Tired pilgrim...I know how he feels

The beautiful Burgos cathedral

The beautiful Burgos cathedral

Days 10 and 11 - Vianna to Navarrete to Azofra

Walking through beautiful Rioja and it's vineyards for a few days. 

The approach to Logroño, capital of the region

The approach to Logroño, capital of the region

Logroño's cathedral. I passed through Sunday morning where a flea market and farmers market drew the post church crowd. I bought some grapes from a vendor. 

Logroño's cathedral. I passed through Sunday morning where a flea market and farmers market drew the post church crowd. I bought some grapes from a vendor. 

Logroño deco

Logroño deco

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A long walk out of the city through a park then vineyards that appear to be managed for quality by the government

A long walk out of the city through a park then vineyards that appear to be managed for quality by the government

Approaching Navarrete after a hot afternoon's walk. I had the best 'pilgrims menu' I've had so far on the plaza under the church. 

Approaching Navarrete after a hot afternoon's walk. I had the best 'pilgrims menu' I've had so far on the plaza under the church. 

A morning of vineyards

A morning of vineyards

....and rolling red hills beyond.  

....and rolling red hills beyond.  

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Tiny Azofra with a modern efficient municipal hostel.... No bunk beds!

Tiny Azofra with a modern efficient municipal hostel.... No bunk beds!

The beer of peregrinos. I learned that beer plus lemon soda = good 

The beer of peregrinos. I learned that beer plus lemon soda = good 

Charming Azofra window.  

Charming Azofra window.  

Days 8 and 9 - Estella to Los Arcos to Viana

I began day 8 with 411-ish miles to go and after two days.... 389. Almost 100 miles under my belt.  

 

The wine fountain at bodega irache outside Estella. Wine before coffee this morning.  

The wine fountain at bodega irache outside Estella. Wine before coffee this morning.  

Musicians along the Camino  

Musicians along the Camino  

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Drying socks and dirty backpack on the dusty road to los arcos  

Drying socks and dirty backpack on the dusty road to los arcos  

restful aubergue garden in los arcos

restful aubergue garden in los arcos

Poor feet

Poor feet

Gorgeous Iglesia de Santa Maria, Los Arcos

Gorgeous Iglesia de Santa Maria, Los Arcos

another beautiful sunrise headed to Viana

another beautiful sunrise headed to Viana

 the medieval hill town Viana

 the medieval hill town Viana

Fiesta de la puebla. Walked through the kids candy toss while looking for the aubergue

Fiesta de la puebla. Walked through the kids candy toss while looking for the aubergue

gigantes

gigantes

a parade! 

a parade! 

Days 6 and 7 - Uterga to Lorca and a rest day in Estella

I am suffering from muchas ampollas. After a hard hot days walk with a lot of pain I stopped in the tiny village of Lorca for the night then hobbled a couple hours the next morning to lovely Estella where I booked a room all to myself for rest and foot care. It's been beautiful scenery though and very nice people around every bend in the road. 

Early morning hang gliders (?) outside Uterga

Early morning hang gliders (?) outside Uterga

always grateful to see an obvious Camino sign to guide the way  

always grateful to see an obvious Camino sign to guide the way  

Walking through Puente La Reins

Walking through Puente La Reins

The queen's bridge, built in the 11th C to help pilgrims across the deep river

The queen's bridge, built in the 11th C to help pilgrims across the deep river

Walking through vineyards and Oliver groves today

Walking through vineyards and Oliver groves today

The pretty and very unbaked hill town of Cirauqui

The pretty and very unbaked hill town of Cirauqui

The Roman road remains along this not of the Camino  

The Roman road remains along this not of the Camino  

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This morning I made it to Estella, a short day so I can rest my feet.  I e made it about 71 miles. 411 to go! Estella is small but ver picturesque. Perfect place for a break.  

 

Out of Lorca, bypassed by a dog on a donkey   

Out of Lorca, bypassed by a dog on a donkey   

But I caught up. Note the shell on the donkey... They are in pilgrimage too! 

But I caught up. Note the shell on the donkey... They are in pilgrimage too! 

10th C ermita de San Miguel Arcángel .... Hermitage and pilgrim hospital

10th C ermita de San Miguel Arcángel .... Hermitage and pilgrim hospital

Arrived in Estella to find a farmers market outside my door.... Cooking in tonight

Arrived in Estella to find a farmers market outside my door.... Cooking in tonight

Rio Ega

Rio Ega

Cafe chairs in Plaza Fueros

Cafe chairs in Plaza Fueros

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Camino markers and Camino feet

Camino markers and Camino feet

Self care

Self care