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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 

Day 6 & 7: Still muddy, still painful

Yesterday, and the day before seemed hard. I made it from Villamayor de Monjardin to Viana, another 31km which puts me a good day ahead.

Viana was quite nice although I had got in late again (just before 4pm) and it meant I had to sleep top bunk. This albergue had 54 beds, but in triple bunks! Don't get me wrong, it's nice and semi-private up there. But thankfully I don't need the bathroom in the middle of the night...

From Viana its not long to Longroño. I had to spend a bit of time getting some cash from the machine & getting my sim card recharged (recarga tarjeta sim.) Because I wasted so much time there, I didn't get to Navarrette until 2pm, and to continue to Ventosa (the original plan) would have meant another late day. So, I stayed at the Albergue Cántaro (Remo & Chun, I think u were there too?) and had a little time to relax and play on the internet.

I had THE BEST DINNER I've had on this trip so far in Navarrette. The 'Bar Deportivo' in town served a pilgrims meal, & although there were many good choices, I chose for the primero plato: chickpeas in a delectable sauce, then I had the red peppers (pimentos) stuffed with cheese and bit of rice in a basil sauce. I had tira misu for dessert and true la rioja wine (OMG!) It was SO GOOD!

Went to bed completely satiated, and my bota filled with the leftover rioja wine (I had the bottle to myself...) It was a good sleep and a nice albergue, although I think there were bed bugs in this place last night, as i have little red marks on my arms... blech.

My first week, thankfully, is over!!!

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