Here I go...

Finding magic under the stars of the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Saturday, May 26, 2018

To Estella

I woke up very ill with a flu or head cold this morning and decided to bus to Estella. It rained cats and dogs so I feel I made a good decision. No need to get pneumonia!

Linda had a turned ankle, Therese a blister, Jennie’s knee was bothering her, as was Diana’s leg, so all of them bussed partial stages as well. Gosh, we’re like the walking wounded!  

The only one besides Karen who seems unscathed is Jo!

To Puente la Reina

It was a glorious walk today! We had every kind of weather imaginable beginning with fog and rain and ending beautiful sunshine.

I woke up with a sore throat yesterday so I’m fighting a cold and taking my Spanish Fluimucil. So far so good no I’ve lost my voice a bit this afternoon. I think instead of going to the buffet tonight I’m going to get hot shower and go to bed.

Here are some photos from our walk today.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

To Pamplona

This year I discovered KT tape. Looking on YouTube and finding instructions, I kept my legs before leaving Zubiri this morning. It worked great! I had absolutely no problems with my shins and no problems walking all the way in to Pamplona today.

Therese still has quite a blister on her heel so Diana helped her tape it up. 

Las Peregrinas. This really is a Kodak moment! What a wonderful group of women!

Right after the village of Akerreta (Eskirotz) is this wonderful Abby that they recently discovered. A group is doing an archaeological dig here and it’s quite fascinating because they’re finding both pagan and Christian symbolism down it about the 1300 year level.

To me, it’s really worth stopping and looking at it, and if you can donate one or two euros it would be very helpful. You could also get a nice stamp here for your credential

As I approach this Appaloosa ranch, I thought I was seen as zebra! But these are a particular strain of Appaloosa pony here in Spain.

There is a nice bar in Zurrain if you fancy a coffee or a beer. Their soup was quite good also!

Once I cross the drawbridge I was really happy to be in Pamplona again. We went out one of my favorite bars near the cathedral for dinner and this was the wonderful desserts they serve me.

Soon upon arrival I met up with our newest member, Jo Gray. This morning we went to travel agency to get her ticket from Santiago to Madrid which she was very happy to finally have settled. I think she will fit in with this fun group of women quite nicely!

Today my plan is to rest for most of the day, although I will be visiting the Museu Navarre later this afternoon. Tomorrow we climb El Perdon, then on to Puente la Reina. The weather is looking wonderful and we feel blessed!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

To Zubiri 2018

To Roncesvalles- part 2

And all the years I’ve walked I never really noticed these markers which give you not only the emergency SOS 212 number but give you a location you can give the emergency crew so they can find you easily

This is the first time in many years I’ve seen the inside of the hut so clean

Is this a WWII bunker??

This old Roman Road has been perfectly preserved by being protected inside and out building for centuries

Karen seemed happy just to have a nice place to rest

Therese got some pretty severe blisters on her heel yesterday

This is Jenny’s blister prevention program. Ha ha ha!

Had time for a short nap before dinner and the pilgrims mass which I did not attend again but which some of the girls did attend

Orisson to Roncesvalles

These are photos the group shared of their trek from Orisson to Roncesvalles.