Once on the edge of Najera, I only had 582km until Santiago.
The countryside was beautiful. The farmers' crops were nice and green. The hills were just fantastic to look at.
After about 2 hours of hiking, I had stop to have a nibble of my chocolate bar and take my boots off.
I was so glad to have my hat in the hot hot sun. As you can see, there are zero clouds in the sky. This just made the heat worse....nothing to block the sun.
I still haven't gotten tired of seeing the countryside.
There were a couple of cities that I entered, but they were nothing spectacular. The signage was a little confusing. I had to stop some folks from going to the wrong way. You have to keep your eyes peeled for those yellow arrows.
After doing 30km yesterday, my feet were happy to be stopping just after 20km.
I was able to see almost everything that I wanted to before siesta time! Yay! First, I went to go see the Santo Domingo Cathedral, but I forgot to take my camera. Therefore, y'all will have to settle with outside pictures only. The inside was magnificent! They still have services inside too. Parts of it have been turned into a museum to show original paintings and church relics throughout the history of the church. I could have kicked myself for not taking my camera. They made me put my bag in a locker which contained my phone (I usually have it in my pocket...oopppssss).
There are monestaries everywhere, but I think that this one is still functioning since no one was allowed inside. I was able to sneak some pictures of the temple area through the window.
I saw this neat fountain with a pilgrim theme.
Every town has several plazas where all the locals hangout. This particular plaza had a real neat building....I can't remember what it is called...it's important though.
I found it odd that there is not a "regular" church. I like to go inside not only to explore but also to meditate and pray. I guess I will have to go to plan b (I don't know what that is though).