Covered a lot of ground since Friday. After a warm and rainy day it was freezing last night. Staying in albergues (hostels) has drawbacks–for one no heat. Sparse blankets. Noisy roomates (snoring, squeaky bunk beds–hitting heads on the top bunk and phones lit up after lights out at 9:30pm. This can result in long nights.
Needless to say, today I left before 7:00 am finishing at approximately 4:30 pm — a very long day covered 21+ miles or 35 kilometers.
No told me today was a holiday for Spain. I now know May 1 is a national holiday in Spain akin to our Labor Day. So virtually everyone had three-day weekend. This meant nothing was open!
So what happened today: first, I found out that this photo is flowers from which canola oil is extracted–so mystery (mine) solved):
I spent today walking through wine fields–some old and some knew — Zoly (from Budapest) who I’d met a day ago said the thicker stocks regenerate and create more wine than the younger thinner stocks–see an example of each below:
Being a national holiday businesses were closed and recreation with friends and family ruled the day:
Rowing in kayaks on the Rio Ebro River:
Enjoying the extensive park system was the rule of the day. It took a lot of time to get through the throngs of people biking, fishing, rollerblading or walking. Some were barbecuing -it smelled really good- it reminded me of Memorial Day or the Fourth of July in the USA:
What’s this doing in the middle of a northern Spanish city? Gotta love the moniker: