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    • Day 17

      Chatouillons les nuages

      May 5, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Chemin de Compostelle 11/40
      Étape # 4 Camino francés" de Pampelune à Puente la Reina. Kilomètres parcourus: 26,0 km. Cumulatif : 309,3 km et 25,9 km de moyenne par jour. Dénivelé enregistré, positif : 648 mètres et négatif : 739 mètres.

      On a démarré la 4e / 31 étapes à 6h40.
      Après quelques kilomètres parcourus, nous sommes sortis de cette belle ville de Pampelune.
      La montagne nous attendait. Après quelques montées, on pouvait presque chatouiller les nuages (766 mètres d’altitude).
      Puis on a amorcé la descente pendant plus d’un kilomètre dans la roche à perte de vue (photo). C’est toujours un peu stressant de marcher dans des conditions semblables (danger d’entorse). Malgré tout on a bien géré.
      Ce qui a agrémenté cette étape aujourd’hui fut sur les abords des sentiers. La présence de milliers de coquelicots, c’était de toute beauté.

      Aussitôt arrivés à notre hôtel, une petite brassée, douche et up une bonne bière bien méritée... 😉
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    • Day 8

      Arre to Uterga 22km 8.5hrs

      September 12, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Our day started off hiking through Pamplona so we took our time and explored the cathedral and some other sites. We bought some ham with the help of Cecile to add to her bread and tomatoes for our lunch today. After Pamplona it was a 300 meter climb. We met a 71 year old pilgrim from Italy who said it reminded him of Tuscany (this is his third Camino !).
      After our big trek up it was a treacherous hike down on loose rocks….of course I fell but my pack broke my fall, damn those loose rocks but all is good. We are staying at Camino del
      Perdon in Uterga tonight. Pilgrim dinner tonight is with Italy, France and Australia
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    • Day 8–9

      Pamplona to Zariquiegui

      May 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

      Today was a beautiful walk. Today is what I thought the Camino was going to be. We took an easier day still nursing my toes. We only walked 8 miles but it was beautiful! So sunny and the breeze blowing the wheat fields was hypnotizing. In the pictures you will see a memorial. There are a lot of those along the way where pilgrims have died and their families have come back to memorialize them in some way. We have passed many along the way. We are staying at a little Albuquerque off stage before Alto del Perdon just enjoying the tiny village. The church in the pictures is Saint Andres. It has components of 11th, 14th and 17th century. Romanesque and Gothic and Neo Classical design. Very appreciative of a lazy day.Read more

    • Day 9

      Pamplona to Puente la Reina

      April 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Hey everyone! Thank you again for dropping by. I left Pamplona this morning around 8am with a group of people from last night. It didn’t take long to get separated however, as everyone walks at their own pace. I ended up walking the first few hours by myself and managed to lose my walking stick when I stopped to get a water refill and got distracted by a dog and left my stick. I didn’t realize it until a half hour later and I wasn’t going back to get it. Ugh. But, I am fine without it and it was always in the way when I was taking photos anyway. I stopped the small town of Zariquiegui which is the home of Iglesia de San Andres which is a 13th century church of which I have included photos of. And, it was in a scene of “The Way” ....a movie starring Martin Sheen about this trip. I ran into Elaine (Phoenix) and Anastasia (the young Russian girl). We got some lunch at a local cafe here...Coffe con leche’, orange juice and a banana for me. We climbed the Alto de Perdon which is at the top of a mountain with the wind turbines....which was a real bitch while humping a pack. And as much of a bitch going down the other side. I also ran into a girl that I met in Zubiri...a police officer from Brisbane Australia who has a thick accent much like Crocidle Dundee. I was looking down, fixing my pack when I heard “ Oh’s my American paramedic friend”. She gave me some chocolate for energy for the trip over the top of the mountain...hikers are so good to each other on this trip. I lost touch with them all by early afternoon and met up with a young Italian guy who was struggling with a shin splint so we walked I was hurting as well... for the last few miles into Puente la Reina. I am at an albergue tonight on the edge of town located at the top of a huge hill...just what I needed at the end of a long day...but it is $14.50 for the enough for a bed and a shower, oh and a little bar. The place is a 100 bed albergue. I arrived at 5 pm and I was placed in a 4 bed room with Anastasia and Elaine...completely by chance....go figure! We lose Anastasia tomorrow as she is going further than the rest of us...the way it is on the trail. That’s it for now...hope everyone is well!Read more

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