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Published: September 28th 2016
Today I walked the 21 kms to Santo Dom. in sandals to take the pressure from my feet. It seems to have worked; well, they're no worse ! We walked 7kms to Azofra before stopping for breakfast , tortilla and coffee, and rested for a while before starting again. I am now changing socks 3 times a day to keep my feet dry.
We constantly passed through vineyards and tomorrow leave the La Rioja province and enter the Burgos region. Our second break was at Cirueña , a town with expensive housing estates and a first class golf course, with very few residents. I didn't see any; just 'For Sale' signs. This is a prime example of the declining Spanish economy and nothing has changed since 2 years ago. We had a snack at Bar Jacobi on the edge of town and their contempt of their customers hasn't changed in 2 years.
The final 6.5 kms into Santo Domingo De Calzada downhill was mainly on rubble and made your feet pretty hot. I think things are improving and hopefully we dance our way into Burgos in 3 days time.
The talk I'm hearing at the moment, right now,
from the next room is about bedbugs. Well, without evidence, except a commentary on the cleanliness of this place ( it ain't no Hilton !), it's a dead argument. As I lie here and scratch myself, all this negativity is starting to bug me!
We have walked 221kms in 9 days so far and the slow pace is becoming pretty natural and enjoyable. If the feet were good it would be ideal. I miss family, as I expected to, but to quote the late, great Mr. John Wayne, " A man' gotta do, what a man's gotta do!" . How is Ezra anyway ? Well that's about it. Maybe a bit tomorrow on how the Dutch are actually funnier than I thought. Good night, don't let the bed bugs bite, ha !
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