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  • Day117


    June 26 in Spain

    We started walking at 5:00 am this morning to beat the heat again, which meant we left in the dark. The best part of doing that is watching the sun rise and the warm colors of light that spread over the landscape. We were blessed with just that when the skies lightened showing us a gorgeous view of Cirauqui on its hill in the distance as we walked towards it.

    We weaved our way through three towns on hills today, and during that time ran into and/or walked with different people who we have been walking with over the last weeks. We walked by olive trees, wheat fields and vineyards, and even along an old Román road.

    I struggled at the end today, and at one point an old man with s cane was going faster than me. 😳
    But, we finally arrived in Estella. Estella is almost 1000 years old!!! So mind boggling to me when I look at the old buildings and try to imagine how it was back then.

    Our place tonight (Agora Hostel) is great! Everything seems brand new. We are the only ones on our floor, and our beds are in little cubicles . Very tired now....tomorrow we go to Los Arcos.
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  • Day11

    Estella to Los Arcos

    April 30 in Spain

    Hey! Hello from Los Arcos, Spain...I hope everyone is well. I left Estella at 730 am after a great breakfast of rolled up salami & ham, croissant, orange juice and coffee. My first stop was to the wine fountain located 3 km out of town. The local winery offers the wine at no cost to pilgrims. They give a 100 liters/day. Tradition says that you fill your scallop shell that you carry and drink the wine for strength for the walk. So...I did just that. The scenery was amazing today and I have a lot of photos, but unfortunately I can only post 10 photos per day on this blog. The walk to Los Arcos was around 14 Miles today which went much better than yesterday. After a couple of stops for rest and lunch, I made it to Los Arcos at around 3pm. I arrived at an albergue and the guy at the desk informed me that the only beds he had left were on the attic level and it was only a mattress on the floor. And I said, Perfect! So, 10 euro for the “bed”...use of the facilities and breakfast....11 euro for dinner at a cafe beside the church, 3 euro for a caraf of wine while I write, around $30 Not bad for all of that. That’s the great part about albergues. And Sam the Golden retriever is staying here as well! Tomorrow, most people are heading for Lograno which is a 17 mile walk. That is a long day so I may pull up short in Viana which is a walled city with a lot of cafes and such. Sometimes it is better to take the path less traveled...less crowded albergues etc. So, going to hit send on this and settle in, 9pm as I write this. Thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day7

    Hatte eine wirklich ruhige Nacht und davor ein nettes und gutes Abendessen. Es gab tatsächlich einen Salat 😋🥗 Wein 🍷😆 gab es natürlich auch und ein interessantes Gespräch mit einem australischen Frauenpäarchen 🇦🇺 und einer sehr netten und ruhigen Holländerin 🇱🇺 😊.

    Am Morgen dann in aller Frühe ganz alleine aufgebrochen, ich hatte ja ein ordentliches Pensum zu schaffen. Nach mehr als 9 Stunden und mehr als 37km kam ich dann in Estella an.

    Das Gute: eigentlich hätte ich nur Sonnenschein auf meinem Weg 🌞, nur die letzten 2 km kam das laut Wetter App versprochene Gewitter ⛈. Also auch hier funktioniert die Wettervorhersage nicht 😏😆.

    Unterwegs habe ich neben einem wunderschönen Sonnenaufgang 🌄, sehr schöne Landschaften und tolle alte baskische Städte und Dörfer auch das erste Eselchen gesehen 🐴.

    Insgesamt ein toller Tag, wenn auch mit Sonnenbrand 😳.

    Jetzt hoffe ich nur noch auf ein schönes Abendessen und eine erholsame Nacht.
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  • Day3

    Second stop - Estella

    May 1 in Spain

    Puente la Reina -> 23.5km -> Estella
    Yesterday's enthusiasm and energy have clearly gone down. Second day was bound to be more difficult, I feel my legs in places I didn't know could hurt. Arrived at Estella - heading out for tapas and a pilgrim meal!

  • Day14

    16 Mile Day

    May 1 in Spain

    We walked through Puente la Reina this morning and spent a few minutes admiring the 13th century bridge leading out of town. Then a BIG climb through chilly winds and intermittent sunshine — the temperature suddenly drops or goes up 10 degrees every few minutes.

    We meet the same folks over and over again — Bill and Treva from Orlando, sisters from MA and NC, “Jack” from Ireland and his wife, Kim from S. Korea... we always meet up at the next bar or Albergue.

    We are tired campers, but we’re very comfortable in an Albergue perched on the river in Estella. It’s a renovated tannery with the best shower on the Camino!
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  • Day10

    Stretching out

    May 12, 2017 in Spain

    It's the top of my second week, and I turned it up a bit. Got out the door early, and notched almost 30km by evening. (In all of week one I did 90km)

    I walked under threatening skies much of the day, and through a few brief showers. Crossed the famous bridge at Puente la Reina, met some interesting cats, and drank from a clown fountain.

    Though my feet are a bit sore, I can tell I'm getting stronger. The next few days are fairly flat, so I should be able to cover a good bit of ground toward Santiago.Read more

  • Day11

    Puente la Reina to Estella

    October 2, 2017 in Spain

    Had a pretty good dinner last night and a typical Spanish breakfast. The day started out cloudy, but turned sunny as the day progressed. Beautiful scenery and I especially like the arched bridges. Romanesq I would say, but do not depend on my spelling.

    Walking was not easy given the terrain. Someone must have placed rocks sharp side up just to keep the podiatrists in business. Walked up hill into one village only to walk down hill to leave and at the very top of the walk, through an arch was a doctors office. Probably specialized in the heart and available for pilgrims having a heart attack.

    The first albergue I went to in Estella was closed for the season, so wondered around and found this one (not exactly sure of the name, but there are plenty of tired pilgrims here).

    Laundry in the dryer and hopefully it will be dry in 40 minutes. If not, back on the line.

    Tomorrow is a 13 to 14 miler so I need a good pilgrims dinner tonight
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  • Day5

    The Walking Wounded

    September 14, 2017 in Spain

    We have been told that you walk the Camino with your head not your feet. Lofty sentiments but there is no convincing my two blistered toes and wonky knees that this is true. All manner of pilgrims are limping along the Way, ankles or knees taped and braced. Pain relief is in high demand. And wine therapy is enthusiastically embraced by the pilgrims in the evenings.

  • Day14

    Alto de Perdon

    May 1 in Spain

    Monday, 4/30: A big climb up out of Pamplona to Alto de Perdón, “where the path of the wind meets that of the stars.” The ridges here are lined with wind turbines. Today we made ourselves take several 30-minute breaks, which we haven’t been doing — we have to rest and get something to eat/drink, every 2-3 hours to keep our energy levels up. Papaw even drank a beer when we stopped in the afternoon!
    Spent the night at a beautiful rural house just short of Puente la Reina, where we shared a meal with about a dozen fellow pilgrims and the red wine flowed freely. The place is run by Alicia and her husband Carlos (who also cooked and served our dinner).
    Ah, 8 hours of sleep — priceless!
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