Day 8: Logroño to Burgos. Day 9: Burgos. Rest, recuperate, pinchos y vino tinto
The early morning walk to the bus station in Logrono was just a hobble. Cheeky’s knees are still taking sometime to heal so in the meantime we hobble.
Taking a bus through Spain is quite a simple proposition. Find the bus station (the iPhone helps with this) buy ticket, wait for bus, board bus, watch beautiful scenery whizz by. On this particular bus journey we watched the Camino whizz by. Vineyards and rolling hills, wheatfields and straight paths. And then we heard it … Kkrrr… kkrrr… CrunCH! … Kkrrr… kkrrr… CrunCH! … Kkrrr… kkrrr… CrunCH! … Kkrrr… kkrrr… CrunCH! … Kkrrr… kkrrr… CrunCH! This went on for a good hour as the thoughtless couple two sears behind did an impression of birds cracking open sunflower seads on concrete floors. No amount of dirty looks from fellow passengers dissuaded them from their task of getting through that 300kg bag of birdseed in one hour’s bus journey. Aaah, thank god for the iPod.
Finally arrived at Burgos and, after commiserating with the seed eater for how hungry they must have felt (they didn’t get my sense of humour – go figure), we headed into town. We’d booked the 19th century Hotel Norte y Londres on the edge of the old town of Burgos. An inspired choice thanks to tripadvisor. The hotel’s creaky wooden floors and character filled rooms made us feel right at home. Our room looked over the calle heading toward the Cathedral and was the perfect European hotel.
We rested awhile then went out for pinchos. Fantastic food and bellies filled with beer and wine. Sun shining warmly we headed off to visit the cathedral. Perhaps the most stupendous of churches in Europe each of the nooks or crannies in the enormous cathedral could be a fine church in their own right.
That’s how we spent the two days in Burgos. Wining, dining and me pining, if only a little, for the Camino. We’re enjoying our relaxed sojourn through Northern Spain and I’m certainly enjoying seeing more of the cities that I had little time in two years ago.
As for the Camino? Cheeky is keen to do the last 100km from Sarria. We have decided to test her knees after a few days in Leon (our next stop) by walking slowly from Leon to Astorga. It’s not the prettiest of walks but it’s level and a good place to test if we can still walk. From Astorga, if the legs are good we will bus through several stage before setting out from Sarria. The first 100km and the last 100km. That would encompass the hardest part of the Camino and the most important part of the Camino. Bookmarks to our more relaxed bussed Camino in the middle.