Today I walked from Najera to Santo Domingo de Calzada 23.0 km.
Started out early at 6:30, walked 5km. And had breakfast in Azofra. Again no rain and very little wind but the path was very muddy from the last rain. This is wine country so all day we walked through wine-yards . Walked through a new village with a golf course, and there we could see that the economy in Spain is suffering. There were about 10 big apartment buildings with beautiful landscaping, pool and tennis courts all empty. A few of the houses were occupied but the village was dead.
I did not go in to any churches as I get feeling very sad to see all those riches, and then see the farmers toiling by hand in the fields and so many falling down houses. The spanish people are very friendly always wishing us beun camino and going out of their way to put us on the right path.
Today my ankle slowed me down quite a bit and is still swollen. I took a private room today and am resting my feet. Met a Dutch lady whom we had seen 5 days ago with very blistered feet but she kept on walking but without backpack, now her blisters are healed but both feet swollen, but she keeps on going, so I better not complain about my feet. I have decided to do all my complaining between 8:0 and 8:30 pm. when I am resting in bed. Only 565 km. to go.
Greetings from the Grateful Pilgrim.