Troy and Sue's Camino travel blog

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Entering Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Lunch time.

Cool statue in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

What a view!! Leaving Grañon

Day 9 - El Camino.

Maximum elevation = 743m, minimum (and starting) elevation = 536m. Cold, misty, under 10 degrees.

'Peregrinos in the Mist'. That was us this morning. After an excellent breakfast of pan con tomate cooked by M, we headed out into the 4 degrees morning. Climbing straight up kept us warm. We left the vineyards behind and were in the land of green pastures (wheat) and the occasional fields of rapeseed with gorgeous yellow flowers. As we climbed the mist got thicker and visibility was down to about 50m.

Evidence of a golf course on our left was the only indication of an approaching village. The Rioja Alta golf club was a great place for a coffee. We were in the village of Cirueña. An eerie feeling walking out through the misty village as it is a maze of empty apartment blocks up for sale - a consequence of 'crisis económica'.

A fairly quick walk to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, 7km away and downhill - the mist clearing as we descended. We enjoyed a variety of tortillas.

Grañon was the next stop, another 7km away and a beer in a warm bar was definitely a requirement. A sign said 0 degrees but, cold as it was, it wasn't that cold. Probably 10 degrees with a missing 1.

The exit from Grañon brought spectacular views of the country side. And lots of snow on the distant mountains.

A final climb and descent brought us to our village for the night - Redecilla del Camino. A small village of 150 people. A great hostel and a private room for the night. Spoilt with a great pilgrim dinner of ham and noodle soup, chicken paella and a local dessert. Sitting in the bar having coffees afterwards, someone shouted 'SNOW'. Sure enough, in between the raindrops were fat droplets of snow. A cold night ahead.

Today's distance = 26km

Total distance = 230km

VW count unchanged.

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