Today I felt stronger and my feet more comfortable than up to now. The walk to Logroño is another long one, about 29 km, but I hoped to make it, even though I knew my friends were planning on staying in Viana, about 8 km short.
I was prepared to part company with these good friends and continue alone to see what next the Camino would bring to me. I believe that when one is on a spiritual quest one is presented with what one needs for learning. I think it is a Budhist saying that “when the student is ready the teacher will appear.”
I reflected for bit about whether there is a life metaphor for me in this action of leaving behind something that is very good and that I am enjoying in order to embrace some unknown further blessing. No conclusive thoughts about this but it bears pondering.
But when we got to Viana my feet were again very weary and sore and begged me to give them rest. So we’re staying in this pleasant little town for the night. Tomorrow we will walk to Logroño and then take the bus a couple of stops ahead to arrive in Nájera and get back on schedule.
Today was more rolling hills, ploughed fields and vineyards. We saw a huge grape harvesting machine that straddled the vines with mechanical arms that reached out and gathered the bunches of grapes. For the first time we saw human pickers, all of them very black and speaking French, possibly from the Ivory Coast or another former French colony. It was a warm, sunny day with a steady wind and very pleasant, though a bit hot for my English friend.
Well that’s it for tonight.