Marathon Man

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home – Dagobert D. Runes (philosopher and author, 1902-1982)

Day 9, Domingo 13th September. Logrono. Today was a day of recuperation and regeneration. No great distances walked. Feet rested. Clothes washed at the local laundromat.
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But not for some. Today was also the Internacional Cuidad de Logrono marathon and half-marathon. A sort of fitting metaphor really, given what we are doing. I watched these mega-fit blokes (mostly, there was only one woman that I saw) pounding the city streets and thought about the roads we have already pounded and the many more to come.

Logrono was fully alive today. I don’t know whether it was due to the marathon or not – I suspect not, that the city is alive like this every Sunday. Much of today was spent watching the world go by. I’m not so sure of the veracity of today’s quote … from what I have seen so far the Spanish have a way of enjoying life which largely eludes we Aussies. I think we have become just a bit too serious. I put the quote in because it seems somehow fitting for today’s activities, and to create some thought. At another level, watching the old men and women, or the teenagers in gaggles, or the young mums and dads with their babies, or just the other couples, there seems little to separate them from their counterparts anywhere else in the world.

Beyond the above I won’t tell much of a story today. I’ll let the photos do that. I popped into the Catedral de Santa Maria de la Redonda (mass was on so I didn’t stay long), wandered the streets both crowded and deserted, walked across the Rio Ebro twice, had a late breakfast, looked at some street art.
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Final thoughts for the day … I know when one is a visitor to a place for a short time one is only going to scratch the surface of the place. If it were in Australia, Logrono would be the 13th biggest city, just behind Hobart and bigger than Townsville, Geelong, Cairns, Darwin. So of course how can I understand it in just a day? That said, what I’ve seen here I really like. Like most places we’ve walked through the antiquity blows me away. So does the apparent modern vibrance. I’m glad we decided to stay for an extra day. I have indeed watched in fascination.

Tomorrow is a big day, in a couple of ways. Until then …

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