Today (Day 12) the weather was wonderful, I left Najera in the early morning before most of the other ‘pilgrims’ after a steep climb up the sandstone hillsides the road flattened out and the sun appeared. I walked the 15 miles listening to jazz and enjoying the vibrant colors of the countryside. Arriving in my destination, Santa Domingo de la Calzada, by noon.
The day started out with the realization that the rooms along the way were fully booked for the holiday weekend, May Day. Cheated a bit and jumped ahead of the crowds by taking a taxi and beginning the walk at Villamayor del Rio. Walked just 11 miles to an Albergue we could reserve in advance. Success!!