|Wide Camino in La Rioja|
|That's me cresting the hill (behind the walker)|
Next we passed through Grañon and stopped for a much-needed coke before setting off on the final stretch of the day. As we were cycling along up a gentle climb, my chain came off (which had become a common occurence) and I couldn't manage to unclip in time--I fell over to the right and banged my knee hard on a rock on the side of the Camino. It hurt, but it was just another injury to add to my growing list.
We passed through Belorado, which seemed to be a pretty big stopping point for walkers, and carried on a few more kilometers to Tosantos, which had been recommended to us by the hostalero back in Dax. It was a very old building that we could tell had been serving pilgrims for many centuries.
|The hostel in Tosantos|
We showered and did some laundry while the Italian pilgrims cooked dinner. They made pasta carbonara in a massive pot - Alberto and I had three servings each! Jose Luis had many announcements to make over dinner, and he got Alberto to translate them into English and another pilgrim, David, to translate into Italian. One of which was that the electricity had gone out due to a flash thunderstorm, so we would hopefully finish dinner before the sun went down! He was also obsessed with communicating to us that there was no point in getting up in the middle of the night to walk, and then spending all afternoon inside a hostel. He said, enjoy the camino in the daytime and spend your night indoors, not the other way around!
|Interior of the hostel in Tosantos|
Then Jose Luis started singing songs, and getting otheres to join in. It was amusing but also kind of sweet. After dinner we did the dishes, with several people (including Alberto and I) bringing down their headtorches as the lights still weren't back on. We all joked that we were glad we had to use them as it meant we could justify having carried it all this way! Then the lights came back on so they were able to have their prayer in the hostel's chapel. We gave it a miss and got ready for bed instead. Tomorrow we would be heading into Burgos to meet up with our friend Miguel who would join us for the rest of the trip.
Stats for the day:
Moving average: 14.9kph
Moving time: 7h 24m
Stopped time: 2h 40m
Max speed: 54kph