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Jan 18, 2020 - Pamplona

Day 8 - Sat 18th Jan Fine start to the day as we packed up, emptied the waste water tank & filled the fresh water tank, before moving off & heading across the mountains into Spain. We decided to follow the Pilgrim route as far as Pamplona albeit it would only take us two or three hours instead of three or four days walking. There are two walking routes over the mountains to Pamplona but at this time of the year the high route is closed so the pilgrims follow the lower route close to the road. It is a pretty route that winds it’s way up &...

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Sep 24, 2019 - Day 25. A day in Pamplona

After breakfast in our apartment we rode to the train station to book tickets to Barcelona. Then searched out a couple of bike shops as my bike stand needed tightening slightly and we didn’t have the right size tool. First shop was closed for renovations. Second was super friendly. Then after collecting info from tourist office, we had lunch in a plaza and then rode around the city viewing lots of the sites. Loved the medieval ice cave where they stored snow to make ice and chill foods. Also spent quite a bit of time riding through,...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Day 24 Elizondo to Pamplona

Highlights - perfect day for climbing over the Pyrenees. Stated off foggy which made for beautiful views in the valleys. - Climb was only 15km but quite steep in some sections. - Saw pigs running freely along side of road (wild pigs??) and at top saw a farmer (with his stick) bringing sheep down the mountain. - Great road to ride up. Only saw 3 cars and 2 motorbikes in the 2 hours that it took to climb. - Stopped part way up at a monument for ( 1760) antifascist prisoners who made the road to the top of the pass in 1939-41. We had a...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Day 23. Loitering in Elizondo

It rained during the night and throughout the morning so rather than complete the climb and more importantly , the descent, on slippery roads we took a rest day in our comfortable hotel. Rode into town in the afternoon only to find there had been a cow festival on with what seemed like lots of prizes awarded... but we missed all of that. Had no idea it had been on. Watched the goings on and the loading of cows on trucks and the general buzz of activities. There was only one stall left selling food and it was GF!!! So exciting. Tortilla sort...

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Sep 21, 2019 - Day 22 Hendaye to Elizondo/Balzan

Highlights - started around a lovely walking/bike path built over river. Should have taken us whole way to Spanish border but there was work going on which cut the track. Lift not working and had to carry bikes up lots of stairs to get to road. - Through France , over river and into Spain. - Followed walking/ bike track for lots of Kms up river but became too slow so moved onto adjacent road for about 5kms - High speed vehicles and high winds drove us off the road and back to the track. It was now sealed and very pleasant to ride on. -...

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May 10, 2019 - Roncesvalles to Irache

We just completed our first 6 days of the Camino. To date we have covered 121 kms. We have gotten into a daily routine which starts with meeting for breakfast at 7:30. Once brekkie is completed we haul our bags down to the hotel reception for them to be picked up and transported to the next destination. Its wheels up by 8:30 every morning and once we step outside the front door we queue our daily theme song: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. We get a few funny looks but equal numbers who really think it is cool. We have been very...

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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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