Today’s route was 21 km long. Based on how hot it’s been, we decided we should leave early. We were out of the alberge by 6:20 am (sunrise is at 7:23).
We were able to navigate through the town due to street lights, but soon we were on a trail with other pilgrims in the dark. All of us were motivated to make good progress while it is very pleasant and peaceful. As you can see from some of the pictures how dark it was, I was able to play with my camera to get the pictures ( I could not get the faces while getting the silhouettes).
Sun rise once again was magnificent. It is so wonderful to be out in the nature and witness one of God’s free gifts that we get everyday.
By 8:15 we had already made it to the town of Azofra some 7 km away and were enjoying our breakfast.
Today’s selfie is a group selfie. You will have to figure out who is who!
The next town was 10 km away and by 9 am the sun was beating down on us from behind. As Sakkar pointed out, the only shade we had was our own shadow. Fortunately there was a cool breeze pushing on us as we climbed forward.
Wide open fields were beautiful and an occasional tree was a welcome site and gathering ground for pilgrims. We saw the most number of pilgrims so far, probably because we could see them in front and behind just continue to walk.
We finally reached Curuena town that had a golf course and all the buildings that looked similar. We decided to continue on without stoping in town.
Finally when we reached the top of this hill with some shade, we all crashed down to enjoy some food and drink. We could feel that we were close to done but needed one more break before finishing for the day!
On the way to town we saw this factory cleaning and packaging the potatoes.
We are settled in our alberge now. It is amazing how a good night sleep gets you ready for another day! But for now, it is about relaxing, having a nice meal and then a good nights rest!
Tell mom she is required to take more funny pictures along with the rest of you. Looks like a gorgeous day in La Rioja!
Great pictures especially the creative selfies.
With such nice narrative and beautiful pictures, I feel like I’m there with you all.
And you will be physically soon and even walk 5 km and experience at lest the ecstasy.
Ditto Sam’s response! I am addicted and look forward to my daily fix! Carry on, all! ♥Nani
Thanks. This gives me motivation to spend time uploading the pictures with such slow internet connection here!
Yes Enayet I am addicted too, wait for the email updates and new photos and story. Living vicariously though your journey. Love to all and hug for Vandana
Addicted is a good word for it. I look forward to that email alert when new pics are posted. The Family of 5 from the US is making such great memories!!