Camino de Santiago Day 8

Thursday, April 14

Logroño to Nájare

30 km / 18.6 miles

Today, I woke up at 6 am after a good nights sleep on a full belly. This donativo also included breakfast consisting of bread, muffins, and cookies. And coffee! It’s so nice to start the day with a hot cup of coffee. And almost a necessity when you’re walking 30 km (19 miles).

I had to say goodbye to L today, my Korean friend. His 8 blisters are finally forcing him to take a rest day and treat an infection. Even though I don’t speak Korean and he barely speaks English, he was always so fun and energetic to be around. But I just continue on and walk my own Camino.

I left Logrono at 6:45, making my way from the city back to the hills and vineyards, and walking parallel to a highway. My back has been hurting the past few days, either from my heavy (maybe overweight) backpack or from the bunk beds we sleep on. It’s sometimes more painful than my feet at the end of the day, but I need to just keep on keeping on.

Ruins of an old pilgrims hospital

I walked alone much of the day, forcing me to reflect on the past few days quite a bit. I’ve had multiple situations where I almost don’t do something, usually because “I’m tired.” Which is usually true. But whether it’s getting out of bed at 7 pm to join a group for delicious, local, high quality wine, or watching last nights late Easter procession, it is always worth it to say yes. I’m learning I need to be open to experiences more and say “yes” more often. This is a once in a lifetime experience in Spain. Bedtime can wait.

This man is walking the Camino de Santiago with his donkey and dog!

I stopped a few kilometers outside Nájare for some nourishment. I had an orange and tortilla, which is a Spanish favorite: basically a thick potato omelette. It was so delicious.

With much needed fuel, I made it to Nájare around 12:30, only to wait for the municipal albergue to open at 2 pm.

And when your laundry doesn’t dry overnight, you walk with it on the outside of your backpack all day.
Nájare
Nájare
Every town has a church and every church has a storks nest.

€3.5 Lunch

€7 Snack

€* Donativo

€10 Dinner

€4 Beer

Total € 24.5*

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