Wednesday pootle Dow the road
Total ascent: 1137m
Hours in the saddle: 5hrs
I decided this morning that this would be an easy pottering day over to Santo Domingo, forecast was sun but with a nip in the air and also a strongish gusty wind that would be in my face all day. Strong headwind is not good at the best of times, but certainly not when you're in need of giving your head and legs a rest. If you want to be going fast it only makes things frustrating. So pootling along it was. And it worked out quite well, aside from the not getting round to stopping for a break thing, but never mind..it was a shortish day so I survived.
Anyway, the route took me through a vast array of terrain types...up out of the canyon, over moors, through windfarms, descending past a medieval castle to Poza de la Sal, then across the undulating plains towards the snowy mountains. A left turn onto the main road then due east with all the lorries to Santo.
Not only were there huge amounts of lorries, there were huge amounts of walkers/pilgrims too. The most I have seen so far on the Camino..before it was one maybe two along a whole stretch, here it was like a never ending slow stream of them coming by as the path meandered back and forth with the road. They entertained me with the brief glimpse into their world as they wondered slowly by..solo walkers striding past, young people headphones on lost to the world, groups chatting away continually, a couple stopping to decide to wait for someone or no, another couple stopping and agreeing on a bet of some sorts. They also had great hats.
Santo Domingo is very much about the pilgrims. It is very early on in the route in Spain..and you would get here just after crossing the Pyrenees. Its a small town, but it has a little cathedral, tower and monestry...and a snowy mountain in cycling distance. I am here for the religion of course . Oh and of course it is in La Rioja, and while there are no bodegas close by for a wine tour, I am sure I will be able to find somewhere good to sample the goods here. A little surprise also is that there is a five day fiesta going on at the moment, fair ground rides, stalls, music and the like. All very exciting, though I will be leaving them to the partying tonight as I get some much needed sleep.
In other news, my veggieness might be making a subconscious return..I seem to not be able to face fish and seafood anymore..for the last few days the smell just makes me want to hurl. Not sure why but that's fish off the menu for a while!
Oh also injury update, I have split my lip..don't ask, I have no idea how. Its not too bad but it keeps opening and bleeding so I look like I've been in a fight. Awesome stuff! No one will mess with me!