What day another fabulous day on the Camino. The first time I have had all day of sunshine since I arrived in Europe and it was hot.
Up this morning in the monastery at 6am. People start getting up at 5 and it is still pitch black
Because everyone gets up I am up as well and my friend Gil and I set off at 6.45am and it was still dark. Lucky for head torches. It was wonderful walking through tiny Spanish villages before anyone was up. This is what they looked like
The way is so well marked you cannot get lost and if you do take a wrong turn a local will come out and tell you your going the wrong way. So we just walked through cow paddocks and bush tracks and all the cows sheep and horses all have big bells round their necks so the tinkling of bells is constant and so lovely. I felt like yodelling!!!
We got to Bourgette and found a little cafe in the plaza that was open so had breakfast – coffee latte, potato pie which is a delicacy and I can’t remember the name of it but delicious. I bought a banana and 2 apples as well and it was €5. So cheap. We set off and before long the clothes were coming off. I love my hiking pants. I just zip the bottom off and I have shorts. Jacket off and I have a tshirt and it became very hot. Thank goodness the lovely Cherene had lent me the water camel which I have been filling and using everyday.
Today I got my stride happening and I was ready to walk. I left Gil and told him would run into him again over the next couple of weeks and set off. The paths and countryside are stunning. What I love the most is most of the houses have the year they were built. Some of them go back to the 1600
The way I walked today was spectacular. There ain’t no mountain high enough that I haven’t climbed there ain’t no river wide enough that I haven’t crossed it’s a long and winding road and I have walked it and the hills are alive with the sound of music!!! I am sure there will be lots more as I mosey onto Santiago. So here are some shots of the walk today
This is the sign of the Camino and it is everywhere or there is a yellow arrow so impossible to get lost as these are approx every 100m
So I walked on to Zubiri which was approx 21kms from Roncesvalles but as I said I had my stride on so decided to go further to Larrasoana which was another 5.6kms down the track and so pretty. But first I had to sit down and have a very thirst quenching cerveza (beer in Spanish) in fact I had 2. Took my shoes and socks off and aired them as well as a little massage got wifi so played on the phone and then headed down the track. Here are photos of the extra 5.6kms I walked and the beers
So it is now 5.24pm on a beautiful Spanish evening. The sun is still high in the sky it is still very warm and I have arrived, showered, done some washing and now sitting out in the beautiful courtyard with a plethora of nationalities having a cold sangria before dinner.
Just looked at my step-o-meter. I walked 30.7kms today. A personal best
Something that I forgot to let you know about today on the trail at a place calls Erro which in Spanish means mistake there was a pop up cafe on the side of the road and this is what was at his establishment
Life is good. Adios Amigos