Friday afternoon it started to rain in Navarra . . . all night, the next day, hardly stopped . . . I enjoyed a writing day . . . a wander into town to see the fiesta . . . picking up more Spanish . . . in a shop, replacing rain gear, a bloke tells me he cycled the camino . . . that next day at the fiesta a whole cow will be roasted, given away free with bread . . . hmm . .
. . . the forecast is rain . . . the news full of floods in Catalonia . . . I tog up, ready to face my first walking day in the rain . . . say goodbye to Fina . . . step outside . . . overcast, but no rain . . . walk along . . . in the East, a glimmer of light on the horizon . . . up into woods . . . after an hour, clear skies . . . another hour, Luquin and coffee . . . another two, Los Arcos and maybe an albergue . . . a fast 20km through vineyards, olive groves, asparagus, cereal . . . rich agricultural land and easy paths . . . at 11.40 find a place . . . come back at 1, she says . . . not drawn to the town, wander along, find a map . . . Viana 18.5 km . . . Torres de Rio less than 7 . . . either doable . . . arrive at Sansol, Torres de Rio's twin village on an adjacent hill, then Torres by 1pm . . . a good feel, a friendly albergue . . . €10 for the bed, €18 including dinner and breakfast . . . why not . . .
Francisco arrives . . . works in Formentera six months of the year, winter, home to Granada . . . no work there . . . has €400 a month to live, plus savings from the summer . . .
. . . wander across to Sansol . . . meet Joe and his son Dylan, from the USA . . . three new pilgrims after yesterday's pilgrim fast . . . Joe is fluent and full on in three languages and we have a lot to talk about . . . it looks like Logrono is today's destination . . . more later . . . it's time to post this and get on the road . . .