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Apr 5, 2019 - Estella to Los Arcos

5 April Los Arcos is a most annoying town. Even when you are 1 km from the town, it remains hidden. It's all a huge mystery. Rolling green hills topped with trees and a beige trail weaving around hills. Like the Everready Bunny, the darn trail just kept going and going. Not a farm or building in sight for many kms. I kept saying to myself, "Los Arcos where the hell are you?" Only when you round the last corner of the trail do you see - about 100 meters away - the first buildings of the town. It was cold and windy all day. I wish that I...

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Apr 4, 2019 - Puenta la Reina to Estella

3 April 2019 One thing the Spanish do very well is salads. Hotel Jakue in Puenta La Reina put on a fantastic buffet for dinner. Salads took up ½ the space. I should have just stuck with the salads – which I had been craving the past few days. I’ve had too many jamon et queso bocadillos and my body was saying it was time to have something vegetarian and healthy. But I got greedy when I saw bacalo (cod) as one of the main courses. It was delicious, but I wasn’t careful and promptly got a tiny fish bone caught in my throat. What to do? I...

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Apr 3, 2019 - Pamplona to Puente la Reina

3 April 2019 Yes I was a wimp and took a taxi out of Pamplona. But that didn't save me from the climb up the hill to the Iron Pilgrims on the hill with the windmills. The weather was once again drizzly but not bad. Later in the afternoon the sun came out from time to time but the wind from the mountains was cool. Today was another easy hike 20 kms, mas o minos, to Puente la Reina along well maintained trails. After the big hike up there was a somewhat steep hike down though a few little towns (with restaurants all along the way). Ted, from...

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Apr 2, 2019 - Zubiri to Pamplona

1 April 2019 Probably the easiest day yet - basically walking through the bushes and trees on relatively flat ground. Walked 22 kms., mas or minos, and just trucked along. The weather has changed - the hills were filled with low lying fog or clouds, and the air was moist and drizzly. Not exactly rain, but sort of misty rain. All the pilgrims put on rain gear - covered up with ponchos - and slipped and slide where the trails were concrete downhill. I was warned by a Spanish gentleman walking the other way, that the concrete was very slippery...

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Apr 2, 2019 - Pamplona

2 April 2019 Today surprisingly turned sunny and warm. Earlier I'd heard along the trail that they were expecting snow in the country above Roncesvalles. Weather reports suggest it will continue to be cloudy with bits of sun and bits of rain. Mixed bag. Went hunting for shoe stores as a special mission ... Along the walk passed through the Plaza del Castillo beside my hotel and then checking shoe stores along Calle Zapeteria (makes sense) then towards the Town Hall of Pamplona and the Monument to the Fueros. Passed the Monument to the...

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Mar 31, 2019 - Roncesvalles to Zubiri

31 March 2019 I must begin by thanking Karen, my trainer, who worked wonders with this old body. Haven't had a single major problem...though I thought for a while I was getting shin splints but it was just minor twinges which went away. Everything is working great!!! Lots of other pilgrims stopped along the way with problems....but I'm just booting it along with NO PROBLEMS. Today was a longer walk of 22 KMS but it was relatively flat and a lovely trail though the woods for the most part. Nice soft ground. Except some small villages who...

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Apr 7, 2018 - Villamayor de Monjardin to Viana

Day 6 - El Camino Maximum (& starting) elevation = 696m, minimum elevation = 443m. Mostly cloudy, rain at times, 10ish degrees. Last night it rained and the wind howled! Lucky we were indoors. This morning is cold, overcast and threatening rain. Much like yesterday, our route this morning was undulating with vineyards, olive groves, the occasional hay stack and green pastures. Lovely wide gravel paths. Troy said it was what he'd imagined the Camino to be. I was enamoured by the snails on the path and in some bushes near the path. A bit...

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Apr 6, 2018 - Mañeru to Villamayor de Monjardin

Day 5 - El Camino Maximum (and final) elevation = 696m, Minimum elevation = 380m. A beautiful sunny day - about 18 degrees. This mornings walk took us on undulating paths through olive groves, vineyards and more green pastures. We stopped for breakfast in the village of Cirauqui and then Lorca 6km on for coffee. We walked with the 4 lads all day - great company and good for getting photos of the 2 of us. Similar countryside with mountains and cliff faces in the distance for another 2 hours brought us to Estella for lunch. The Cafe sat...

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Apr 5, 2018 - Cizur Menor to Mañeru

Day 4 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 756m, minimum = 336m Beautiful partly cloudy day around 16 degrees. Forgot to mention last 5km of yesterday, we had rain - got to use backpack raincovers and helped clean our boots! The rain overnight meant wet paths again. The gravel and stones kept the sticky mud at bay. We walked along undulating paths through green pastures with views of Pamplona behind us and mountains all around. We climbed the El Perdón mountain range to 770m (my GPS had it lower). On the descent down we were swamped by about 20...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Larrasoaña to Cizur Menor

Day 3 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 536, minimum elevation = 411m. Cool, mostly cloudy day - about 13 degrees. A climb up to the village of Zuriain started our day. Rain overnight meant the path was wet and muddy and the paved sections slippery. I was very excited to see the large black slugs on the path. After the village of Irotz, the mud became sticky and flicked up up legs but not off our boots. We came across Sister Maria Assumption who encouraged us to take the detour path to her village, Zabaldika, and her church, Iglesia de San...

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Apr 3, 2018 - Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña

Day 2 - El Camino. Starting (and maximum) elevation - 950m. Minimum elevation 500m. Cool today, about 13 degrees. Blessed and fed, we headed out this morning at 7.50am, a little weary from yesterday's walk. The first 22km today was on forest pathways, through the villages of Burguete, Espinal, Viskarret and Zubiri and beside the occasional farm. A bit of snow early on - on the ground, not falling on us. Beautiful purple, white and yellow wildflower at times and early blossoms made for a really pretty walk. We stopped for a break at...

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Apr 2, 2018 - St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

Day 1 - El Camino Starting elevation - 170m, Max elevation - 1060m. Weather - a beautiful, partly cloudy 17 degrees. Late wind gusts. We were up early and out the door of our Gite at 7.15 - still dark! After a quick wander through St Jean and fill up of water bottles at the fountain, we were on the road - literally. The Napoleon route was 1m under snow and not recommended. So via Valcarlos it was. The first section was on the main road. Then, undulating country lanes to Arneguy and Valcarlos, popping back and forth over the Spanish/French...

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