Week 7 – Burgos to Estella – 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

This week’s photo shows some vineyards near the small town of Ventosa in the Rioja region of Spain. Rioja is famous for it’s red wine but when I visited the region, it was it’s red hot heat that I will remember the most. In this northern part of Spain, it rarely goes above 30 degrees in June but not so this year.  The heat may be good for producing wine but it was not so good for a weary cyclist with a heavy load on his bike. The heat was so much (much calor in Spanish) I had to stop for a rest day in Estella as it was 30 degrees at 8 o’clock in the morning.

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Total distance cycled Tuesday June 20th rom Burgos to Navarette – 105 km. Total distance so far on 2017 Tour de Travoy – 2,780 km.

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Another long day’s cycling ahead.

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Shepard herding a flock of sheep near Ibeas de Juarros.

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The flock of sheep was enormous. I reckon there was at least 500 head of sheep and maybe up to a thousand in the herd.

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Travoy at the Puerto de La Pedraja. At 1150m, La Pedraja is one of the highest climbs so far on this year’s Tour de Travoy.

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Seriously hot today again in Spain.

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Repsol garage near Belorado. I stopped here to get some apple juice and got talking to the shop assistant and another cyclist, both of whom had good English. The cyclist was on his way to santiago having started his Camino in Roncevalles about 200 km away near the French border.

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Sign for the Rioja region of Spain. Rioja is famous throughout the worldfor it’s wine but it is mostly wheat that is grown in the west of Rioja. Most of the vineyards are in eastern Rioja.

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Bridge over the Oja river in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The bridge was about 50 yards in length but the river was completely dried up.

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Stork’s nest on top of an old chimney in Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

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Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo.

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Villarrica vineyard.

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Stunning Rioja landscape.

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Camino de Santiago sculpture near Hormilla.

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Get your bicycle washed at a car-wash in Najera.

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Camping Navarette.

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Total distance cycled on Wednesday June 21st from Navarette to Estella – 60 km. Total so far on this year’s Tour de Travoy – 2,840 km.

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Medieval town of Navarette.

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2 pilgrims near Navarette pass by a huge bull statue on a small hill.

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Crosses made from sticks left by pilgrims in a fence near Logrono.

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The Camino path is right beside the motorway on the outskirts of Logrono.

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Very rough gravel track on the way to Logrono.

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Pilgrims crossing a bridge in Logrono.

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Map of the Camino de Santiago sprayed on an underpass in Logrono.

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Lots of pilgrims in Logrono.

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Puente de Hierro bridge across the Ebro river in Logrono.

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Puente de Piedra in Logrono.

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Navarra is the sixth Spanish region on this year’s Tour.

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First combine harvester spotted on this year’s Tour de Travoy.

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Medieval town of Viana.

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Huge wooden barrel at a wine distillery in Viana.

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Iglesia de Santa Maria in Los Arcos.

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Camping Iratxe in Estella.

 

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