Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For Joan Rizza in thanksgiving for her recovery and continuing good health!

Today’s weather was much more ideal with cooler temperatures. We realize we walked even longer today in the same amount of time as yesterday simply because yesterday was so hot! Happy for everyday out here on the Camino.

Today we walked from Navarette to Nájera and really enjoyed the day. The question of the day centered around whether it was stealing to take some grapes which were already on the ground? 😁. We refrained from indulging in the grapes as much as possible although they were so tempting along the path!

We encountered some more steep climbs today with lots of rocks but also some encouraging signs that we are making progress. Only 593 km to go! That’s only about 355 miles!

At one point there was an option to take these set of stairs to a small overlook for pilgrims! When we reached the top and looked out along the expanse of the mountains it was breathtaking!

As we reached Nájera we crossed the bridge over a beautiful river and found the section of the town where our albergue was located which was surrounded by mountains to the rear.

Tonight we decided just to go to a local grocery store and buy some bread, cheese, tomatoes and toppings and make our own sandwiches to eat a small dinner here in the albergue. There is a large wall in the kitchen area where pilgrims have written various messages. My eyes were drawn to the image of the dove and underneath is the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi in spanish.

As we were sitting and beginning to eat we met a few other pilgrims who came through. Frank from Holland was coming down to wash some clothes and chatted with us for a bit. Martin from Germany joined us and tried our new Spanish drink of Coca-Cola and wine (Kalimotxo). He also had never heard of it and did not seem overly impressed with it. 😅

Later on another man from Brazil who is bicycling across Spain joined us and shared some of his journey. He is one of six brothers in his family. His father just died and he is bringing his ashes here to Spain.

It was nice to be able to share some of our wine and Coca-Cola and snacks with other fellow pilgrims and listen to their stories. It is the beginning of St francis’s prayer, “Lord make me an instrument of peace.”

Tomorrow we will continue our journey towards Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Tonight I think about all those grapes I left behind! 😅

Buen Camino 🙏❤️

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For Joan Rizza in thanksgiving for her recovery and continuing good health!

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