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Day 5, Onwards to Estella


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We left Uterga at 6:15 am in the semi-darkness and walked an alternative route to Eunate church for the sunrise. Very nice and cool in the morning, although it would be over 30 degrees by the time we were done for the day.

It started out cool and Esther was bundled up with multiple layers, while I just had my sleeves rolled down. The path was very difficult at times and we marveled at the cyclists. At one spot in particular - I should have taken a picture - the way was so steep that it was actually more or less stone steps, but a couple of feet high, so it was tough to haul yourself up from one spot to the next.

We watched a cyclist lifting his fully-loaded bike up over his head and at the same time scrambling himself up the stones. When we got to the top, there was a busy road and another group of cyclists whizzed by, calling out to the ones we were following. I expect they said something like: "Are you crazy? The cyclist route is this way!" Anyway, our cyclists laughed and raced after them on the road foregoing (wisely, I think) the difficult path.

As we followed the path the day grew hotter and, as you can see from the photos, we found ways to cool off. Esther and I sat on stones in a river cooling our sore feet. The water was SO cold, I could only keep my feet in for a few minutes at a time. It felt great and my feet were still feeling the cold for a little as we walked (not long, with the temp over 30, though).

It's now 8:30pm and I am sitting next to my bunk beds in a spot that reaches the plug to recharge the phone.

Esther appears to have turned a bit badly and her shin was sore most of today. It is good that she is using the poles as they helped a lot.

We've run into the friends we met in Orisson from time to time. At dinner today we met up with Lasse from Denmark and we invited him to the expected concert at the albergue (having noted that Samuel is staying here tonight).

It was fun catching up with Lasse, who walked with Claudio yesterday. He said Claudio spoke of the nice Canadian woman who taught him some English (me, of course). Not that he needed a lot of help - his English is much better than my Italian. We are hoping to meet up with Lasse again tomorrow as we have the same albergue in mind for Los Arcos.

So, my feet are sore, but blister-free and only occasional twinges in my knee and back. I hope to sleep better tonight, having had a much earlier dinner today. It was nice to finish eating by 6pm although the mandarin ice cream came after.

Tomorrow the temperature is forecast to be 35 so we plan an early start and a shorter walk. I am about 5k ahead of my plan and the shorter day will not put me behind.

I think Esther will soon want to move at a faster pace; she is not planning a rest day in Burgos in a few days time. I will very much enjoy her company for as long as possible.

Hope all is well with everyone.
Santa Maria de Eunate

Santa Maria de Eunate

Cooling our feet

Cooling our feet

Cirauqui direction marker. Here's an example of the small direction markers. The apex of the shell is meant to be Santiago and showing that all roads lead there.

Cirauqui direction marker. Here's an example of the small direction markers. The apex of the shell is meant to be Santiago and showing that all roads lead there.

Birds nests at top of Arch Cathedral at Obanos

Birds nests at top of Arch Cathedral at Obanos

Birds in Villatruerta or was it Lorka. Trying to show the 50 or so birds diving and flying between the building.

Birds in Villatruerta or was it Lorka. Trying to show the 50 or so birds diving and flying between the building.


Lasse, Esther and I

Lasse, Esther and I

Posted by Deb Godley 14:41 Archived in Spain

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