Papa Bear has decided to walk all of this stage today, around 17km. The elevation map shows a hill but there’s a town to stop for breakfast before we have to tackle it, and it doesn’t look too bad.
We came downstairs from our very cosy and hot room to find the table set for breakfast, cake, toast and orange juice, not my fave breakfast, but food in the stomach!
It was still dark when we set off,
passed the bar,
quite a long way through town,
and finally out into the countryside.
I love walking in the crisp cool morning, listening to the birds and roosters greet the dawn,
feeling the crunch of the track underfoot, everyone walking in silence lost in their own thoughts.
It was an easy walk to Ventosa
and it seemed like no time at all until we were enjoying our breakfast and preparing ourselves for the hill ahead. We could have checked out the 1km of Art, I’m sure it was very interesting, but who’s going to walk an extra kilometre! We saw one piece outside the cafe and yes, the photo is level, as usual it’s a steep hill out of town
I don’t think this was part of the art, but it was kinda cute
And so on to the hill
It was hard work, steep and stony track,
But there was encouragement along the way
And the track got easier
And soon enough we were at the top!
There was a short climb around this hill
to a watchtower on the other side.
and interesting story about a battle between a pilgrim and a giant.
And finally down into Nájera
Past the sign which we remembered from last time, a little faded now, but we could still make out the word Lies! And still agreed with the sentiment.
One more challenge, each step just a bit higher than my natural step!
But soon enough we reached the first bar in town
and a welcome beer. It wasn’t quite noon, but hey, we earned it! I thought I had pointed to a meat pastry in the bar but apparently I pointed to something which I’m sure was pig’s ear and chorizo, delicious!
As we were sitting enjoying our rest, the joyful yelling of Papa Bear’s name floated down the street, his Kentucky mates obviously happy to see him!
Another beer was required, Papa Bear and Mr G discussed the intricacies of smoking meat, happy times on the Camino.