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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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Jan 17, 2018 - OnTo Pamplona, Spain

Day 4 - Wednesday 17th January Another dark start as we wanted to get to Pamplona in Spain as early as possible in order to do a bit of sightseeing. It rained all day again & the traffic around Bordeaux was horrendous. I decided to avoid the coastal toll road & Ethel(our recalcitrant SatNav) then decided to wend our way into Spain via the Pyrenees, which turned out to be a picturesque route despite the rain. We made good time & arrived in Pamplona at a very nice Aire right inside the city by 2.30pm. The Aire is new & specifically for...

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May 27, 2017 - Yesa, Spain

Day 9 - Sat 27 May 17 While we were in no rush to get away, we settled the bill and assured our hosts that we would report positively on the hotel and our experience; it was 0830 hrs. Our objective today was to drive to the Monasterio de Leyte, Yesa, Spain and to visit the citadel in Jaka. The start was not quick as we stopped at the first village that had a Boulangerie for a sandwich. The setting was lovely and our host accomodating with a lovely cheese and jambon sandwich; pity about the cappuccino which tasted like hot chocolate - this...

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Apr 23, 2017 - Bilbao to San Sebastián to Pamploma

From Santander we travel to Bilboa, home of the Guggenheim Museum. Unless you have a half day or more, the museum is impossible to completely visit. We chose to concentrate on seeing the outside art and enjoy the fantastic weather. The architect was Frank Gehry and was completed in 1997 for $89 million. Millions of additional money was paid to Geggenheim Foundation to be able to have it built in Bilboa as well as millions in order to accumulate a collection. Official opening was presented by Juan Carlos. The museum itself is so big it's...

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Sep 2, 2016 - Ventosa to Azofra

This morning, we are up at 4:30 am. It is going to continue being very hot for the next week, and we are not interested in walking in it - or at the very least possible. It is not unheard of to hear of people who have expired from heat exhaustion doing their Camino. That's a statistic I choose not to be. Today, it hit 33 C. Conversation today touched on our stay at the hostel last night and dinner. Dad was impressed with the dinner that I threw together. It was very tasty, and the wine was great. I mentioned that the wine was from the Rioja...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Viana to Ventosa

For the whole journey so far, the trail has been lined with black berries. Today though, there is noticeably less. The terrain is changing. We see more vineyards, and the red grapes are nearing maturity. The white ones are more hit and miss. Some of the other vegetation that I have seen and identified so far on the trail, olives, almonds, asparagus, black berries, apples, tomatoes, peppers, melons, beans, peas, zucchini, bamboo, corn, and others I am sure. The almonds right off the tree are amazing. Our intention was to stop in Navarette...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Villamayor to Viana

Today was an overly l o n g day on the trail at 32 kms. It was great walking until about 1:30, when suddenly the clouds broke up, and the oven was on! BOOM! Just like that. Lunch was great. Sandwiches and beer. We walked up a road that we weren't supposed to that cost us about 15 minutes of back tracking. Let me be clear here. Never on our entire journey did we make a wrong turn. We simply walked down another road to view more of the great Spanish countryside!Had we just stayed straight, and not over thinking where we were walking, we...

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