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Day 8 Navarette to Azofra 22 km

Everyone woke up early so I got up too and left at 6am and walked for an hour and a half without seeing anyone. The countryside has changed and become drier. There are no woods or big shady trees and I passed several vineyards and wineries that this area is famous for.

I arrived in Ventosa 7 km away just as there was a stunning sunrise of a big red globe. The next 11 km to Najera passed pretty quickly and I grabbed a bite to eat in this town of 7000 by this beautiful small river. The old town is wedged between the river and a massive red rock . You rarely find anyone that speaks English and I am managing to get by on my few words of Spanish I have learnt and sign language.

The last 6km to Azofra was hard going. This sections after 11am are always hard going in the heat with no shade and by now your feet are hurting. The last couple of kilometers are always a teaser as you can see the village and church spire in the distance but it takes so long to get there.

I literally limp into town and headed straight to the aulberge paid my 7 E and face planted on my bed dirty, dusty and with my bloodied knee from when I had slipped over and fallen where I didn't move for an hour. They have free washing machines so I did washing which dried so quickly in the hot sun.

The church bells were ringing like crazy and there was cannon/gunshots and on asking was told it was fiesta. Walking the 2 blocks back to the main street of this small village of 500 I saw a parade coming down the street. It was led by 3 musos playing drums and a wind instrument, about a dozen teenage girls and 2 guys all dressed in white with red shoes, red ribbons in their hair and colorful sashes dancing and then 3 groups of 4 townspeople carrying big shrines and lastly 2 priests. They turned into the plaza where they danced some more and then danced all the way up the hill to the church backwards! The village people all followed . The shrines and priests went into the church and the everyone walked back down to to bar by the plaza.

I grabbed a cheese and chorizo bocadillo and enjoyed watching the town life before having another little nap. The lady sharing my 2 bed cubicle - no bunks is 70 years old and doing her 5th camino!!!

Had some food at one of the 2 bars in town sitting out on their main street and sat with 2 Canadians. Went and sat in the town square watching the fiesta celebrations. The whole town had turned out and was all dressed up in their best and lined up to get a free drink and bread roll with a sausage encased. Wandered down the street to the end of the town and saw a stunning sunset.

An old Spanish lady walked past me on her way up to the fiesta and we chatted - she in Spanish and me in English , not understanding each other but knowing we were talking about the fiesta!!! After the sun has set I walked back up to the square she came over to me and insisted I take her sausage in bread and her friend tried to give me his drink.... One of those special moments!!!!

Dancing in the town square

Dancing in the town square


My daily cafe breakfast stop

My daily cafe breakfast stop


Vineyards

Vineyards


Pretty river

Pretty river


Quiet trail

Quiet trail


Parade in Azofra

Parade in Azofra


Carrying the religious shrines

Carrying the religious shrines


Albergue

Albergue


Free food for the village at Fiesta

Free food for the village at Fiesta


Cute old locals

Cute old locals


Sunset

Sunset


Sunset

Sunset


Albergue courtyard

Albergue courtyard


Lovely local who gave me her dinner

Lovely local who gave me her dinner

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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