Day 8 – Logrono to Najera 30.4km

Our second super early start in a row meant there was no way we were going to be as energetic as we were yesterday. We got up at 5.30am and were out the door by 6:20pm. It seemed like it took forever for us to exit the city which involved walking through a dark industrial area. Once past this, we walked for about 90 minutes in almost complete darkness on a gravel path lined by trees. Needless to say shadows in the distance looked like potential kidnappers!

We were glad when the sun finally rose but unfortunately it was going to be both a very cloudy and misty day. Visibility was about 100 metres for most of the day which meant we didn’t really get to enjoy any views and we needed our waterproofs on to protect our gear from any moisture in the air.

A couple of hours into the walk we were already feeling fatigued despite the trail being one of the easiest we have been on. I think we both were mentally quite drained at the thought of another long day which was made worse by today’s trail having such long straight paths which were often near highways.

All up we probably only saw 5 other pilgrim’s on today’s journey. One of them was a thirty something guy named Alex from London. He’d spent the last 15 years working as an editor for business reports and was recently offered a huge redundancy package or an opportunity to work elsewhere; he took the package. With this money he has recently spent the last 3 months travelling around Canada and South America. This is the first time he’s properly travelled and he feels like he’s done it excessively this year mainly because he skipped this phase in his twenties and focused so much on his career. His aim now is to get a job but be able to find a much better work life balance because now that he’s had a taste of what the world has to offer, it’s unlikely he’ll be staying in one place for another 15 years.

We left Alex at a cafe pretty early on in the walk as we wanted to get to the end as soon as possible. We passed by plenty of vineyards with ripe grapes all over the ground, and yes we did pick up a few sneakily and yes, they were delicious. During the walk we bumped into Kurt and Priscilla, the Boston couple who had to break their Camino journey into a part walking and part cycling adventure due to their limited time off work. It was great to see them on their bikes as we thought we wouldn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye.

By 2.30pm we finally arrived in town and were probably the most exhausted we have ever felt since commencing the Camino, so we thought we’d splurge at get a private room in theAlbergue. Hopefully this means we can finally get a good nights rest!

Total cost for today:
Breakfast: €1 microwaved tortilla
Lunch: €2 salami, olive and cream cheese baguette
Dinner: €10 tapas
Snacks: €3.50 chocolates and apples
Accommodation: €22.50

Total cost per person: €39

Til next time
Ann & Jason xo

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