DAY 15: Sept 7 – Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada (22 km)

An example of the terrain changes. Here the bluffs behind the town of Najeta. Note how red the sandstone. This resulted in fine red earth soil but for only 20 km until we got back to the so very rocky soil that seems most suitable for the vineyards.
An example of the terrain changes. Here the bluffs behind the town of Najeta. Note how red the sandstone. This resulted in fine red earth soil but for only 20 km until we got back to the so very rocky soil that seems most suitable for the vineyards.
Off in the distance, a rock built, igloo like structure that could house 10 or a few more. We understand that these are used to accommodate the seasonal  grape picking migrant force from Africa.
Off in the distance, a rock built, igloo like structure that could house 10 or a few more. We understand that these are used to accommodate the seasonal grape picking migrant force from Africa.
Many of you reading this will remember our beloved dachshund "Yeager".... We felt for sure that this was our old buddy and not a tree line on the horizon.
Many of you reading this will remember our beloved dachshund “Yeager”…. We felt for sure that this was our old buddy and not a tree line on the horizon.
That's not Mutti waiting for a bus... During our cross country jaunt we needed some rest and shade. We found cool protection in a water culvert tunnel.
That’s not Mutti waiting for a bus… During our cross country jaunt we needed some rest and shade. We found cool protection in a water culvert tunnel.
We did something a bit off piste today. Seeing that the Camino course was going to be longer and with a higher pass, we decided to cut out on our own. Part of our overland ( and dale)  route took us through vineyards and really basic dirt paths. It was hot and dirty going. Don't think we will try that again. If the proven Camino path is good enough for the hundreds of thousands before us, we accept that it is good enough for us.
We did something a bit off piste today. Seeing that the Camino course was going to be longer and with a higher pass, we decided to cut out on our own. Part of our overland ( and dale) route took us through vineyards and really basic dirt paths. It was hot and dirty going. Don’t think we will try that again. If the proven Camino path is good enough for the hundreds of thousands before us, we accept that it is good enough for us.
Pretty hard to see but there is a viaduct running across the hillside. Much of this area is served by an interconnected cement viaduct system to distribute the valuable water
Pretty hard to see but there is a viaduct running across the hillside. Much of this area is served by an extensive interconnected cement viaduct system to distribute the valuable water

DAY 15: Sept 7 – Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

We had a good walk today through the last of the vineyards. It has been very tranquil walking in the wine country and we will miss it. Just outside of Najera we noticed that the fields were much less rock laden and the soil a rich rust colour–much like the red dirt of Kauai. The explanation was that the cliffs of rock here are red sandstone but just in a small geological area. By the bounty of the gardens it is obviously nutrient rich soil. This is a good time to mention that the tomatoes in Spain are so delicious—the best we have ever tasted. For an hour we shared the road with a tall, handsome French fellow, who is studying to be a professional opera singer. His walking partner is a young English girl who just completed her PhD. in philosophy. She was very nice but as you might expect, our conversation with her was not small talk:-)—we tackled democracy and prejudice. Her points of view were very interesting. Today we exercised our minds as well as our bodies:>) At last I am able to fit in one of my very favourite Spanish sayings: ” El mundo es un panuelo”–the world is a handkerchief, as this young woman has a friend who lives on Gabriola Island!!
Our hotel is fabulous—–very Spanish decor whereas most of the others had been renovated and ultra modern They have all been exceptionally clean:-)
Dad is back from his search for ice (successful). He also found a “lavanderia” (laundromat) down the street.We are excited! Laundry can be an issue. Many of the paths/roads are dusty and just walking you get very dirty.
Although almost everything we have is that wicky stuff, it does not all dry quite as quickly as we need it to—especially as we are trying to dry it in the bathroom. All our accommodation has been right by the town church—not a good place to be stringing laundry out the window. I have no problem tying damp socks to our backpacks, but I think Dad would draw the line if I started tying undies to the packs:>)

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