Logrono to Ventosa - 20 Km

May 13
Lat: 42.404167 Long: -2.625278

We got up at 6 a.m., packed, and was on the street by 6:15 a.m. It was too early to get anything to eat or drink so we walked out of town without anything. It was a cold start at 43 degrees but it eventually warmed to the mid-50s by mid-afternoon. Today I hiked ahead of Hawk and Christine with plans to meet in Ventosa. We've been keeping the mileage down so Christine's feet can heal. I went ahead of them to get to the only albergue, which has 42 beds and fills up fast.

I went through a park with a small lake. There were a lot of older men there fishing and as I passed by, one of them caught a large carp. I stopped and he let me take his picture with the fish. After leaving the park, the trail started to climb until it reached the summit of Alto Grajeda. When I reached Alto Grajeda, man had set up a small table with fruit and other snacks. He had some good-looking oranges so I bought one. He was only taking donations from pilgrims, but I gave him a euro anyway. I took the orange with me and hiked on.

He had told me that there were two Americans ahead so I wanted to catch up with them and talk to them. I soon managed to catch up and found out that one (Chuck) was from Minnesota, and the other one (Zack) was from Missouri. Zack has a Master’s degree in design engineering, and a Ph.D. in chemistry. He and Chuck are really fun and interesting to be around. We stayed together for the rest of the day and stopped in Navarette for breakfast.

We then hiked on to Ventosa to the albergue, San Saturnino, which was great. It was only 9.5 euros. At 7 p.m. a group of us went to dinner at the only local restaurant. The group consisted of Zack and Chuck, Hawk and Christine, the two Brits,a woman from Canada, a man from South Africa, and of course, myself. The food was really good. I had chicken and fries with a salad and fruit for dessert. The meals are all pilgrim’s meals, which are all really nice and a cheaper price, usually between 10 and 11 euros. After dinner we all returned to the albegue and went to bed.

It was a great day and tomorrow will be better. More to follow. Buen Camino!  

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