Camino 2014 – Day 8 – Logrono to Navarrete

September 11th 2014 – Day 8
Logrono to Navarrete, 12.5km

A short day but different to the previous week. No more would I be walking with the same crew, and I felt a little down knowing this. But this would be a great chance to meet some new people. After dinner, the night before, I bumped into the three Irish men who I had met first in Roncesvalles. One of them (called Tom) wanted to have a slow day and was hoping to stop in Navarrete, which was my stopping point. So I made plans with him to walk the short distance, around 12km. We agreed on 7.30 the next morning. I might not be walking alone after all.

The next morning came, and I was the last to leave. Tom had stayed in an albergue on the outskirts of the city but I forgot to take note of where it was. After 15 mins waiting, I moved on eastwards. I might see him further on, or he might catch up with me, time will tell. I wondered where Bob, David and Leslie were while making their way to Ventosa. Also, Philippe was going further, possibly to Najera, and Anna..I wondered what she would be doing today. I don’t mind walking by myself but it lets the mind wander. And mine was wandering today.

I have walked this stretch before in May 2013. You can read about it here. Walking out of Logrono, you don’t have the same experience as walking out of Leon or Burgos or Pamplona. You are greeted by a large park once you leave the main city. Murals cover the walls, while dog-walkers and morning-runners pass me. I’m in no great hurry and for the first time this Camino I switch on some music on my phone and my earphones go in. A Spotify playlist I have created blasts out “There is a Light that never goes out” by The Smiths. I start to sing under my breath…”Take me out tonight…”!! It’s one of those songs you want to sing at the top of your voice and I was in that mood! I reach the large reservoir “Planta de Granjera”, and I wait if I could see some fish. The famous pilgrim “Marcelino Lobato” was giving stamps in a stall just by the lake. He has walked the Camino 50 times. On my credencial he wrote “Cada peregrino hace su Camino” which translates to “Each pilgrim does their pilgrimage”. Very true!

Leaving Planta de Granjera, I am back in wine country, with vineyards to each side of me. Walking around this area is great in the autumn when you see the grapes ready for harvest.  It is different in May where the grapes are not ready to be picked. I don’t meet many people today. I’m baffled by this as in the last week, the Camino has been crowded. After an hour, I see the medieval town of Navarrete in the distance, but it is still a while away. It sits tall on a hill. It is not even 9am, I am far too early. Navarrete is a small town based around a hill with a church spire being the highest point, like most towns in Spain.  I walk in looking for the pension which I had booked before I left. It is called Hostal Villa de Navarrete and is located at the far end of the town, across the road from the main municipal albergue. I might as well have been the only pilgrim to have walked into the town that day based on the looks I was getting from locals. But not to worry. I checked in and had to wait an hour before my room was ready. I had some breakfast while I waited. The only food I had today was some fruit and yoghurt.

My room was standard fare, but 5-star compared to the albergues I had stayed in over the last week. I usually book one room in advance and this year I chose this small town. No idea why. After a rest, I took a wander around. I wanted to check out Naverrete’s church which is decorated with gold. I took a minute out here before checking if I knew anyone in the municipal albergue. I didn’t recognise anyone. I guess everyone who started with me on day one was ahead of me.

After the town’s siesta I came out later and had a meal in the restaurant with some folks I had got talking to. The weather gods were very kind again to us today with no rain and only a few clouds. We were expecting rain however, either the following day or the day after. Overall a short day, and one where I got used to walking by myself.

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11 thoughts on “Camino 2014 – Day 8 – Logrono to Navarrete

  1. We did this short leg too and it “rained” (if we can even call it that) for the few hours we walked! Isn’t it strange that some days you don’t see another pilgrim – but we think it was probably because you left “so late”. Seems like when we leave after 8, we hardly see anyone, whereas when we leave closer to 7… the trail is swarming with pilgrims 🙂
    Thanks for sharing as this is certainly bringing back memories 🙂

    • That may well be it. Leaving at 7.30 from Logrono is certainly late in my book but for a short day like that, I didn’t mind. If I was walking to Najera on that day, I would have left much earlier, as I did last year 🙂 Naverrete is a lovely town. It is so quiet and I would encourage anyone to stay there rather than walk to Najera.

      • We are in Sarria! Rest day tomorrow and then that will be it til Santiago! Cannot believe how amazing the experience has been and how we are almost there. Such wonderful memories we will have forever of this journey 🙂
        Have you got plans for when you will be back again?

      • Ah excellent..Sarria! The final stretch! The times you had over the last month or so won’t be forgotten, the Camino is surely a memorable place. You have proof in me going back each year to walk portions of it 🙂 I have tentative plans at the moment. I hope to start in Burgos and walk for two weeks. I don’t know where I can finish, possibly Ponferrada 🙂 I adored the meseta last year!

      • Yes, we have met so many people who have done the Camino before and are back for more. We can see why… it is such an uplifting experience and the people along the way just add to it as well 🙂
        Good luck and we look forward to reading about you decide to do! So keen to keep reliving our experience through other blogs too…

      • Many thanks 🙂
        I am a little behind writing about this year’s Camino but I will keep you updated on my plans. I am excited for you both reaching Santiago by the way!!

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