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Another early start to the day but the extended sleep which I had definitely made a difference and I felt much better on my walk today, except for a slight achilles issue in my right foot/leg.
The walk out of Pamplona steadily climbs as it heads over the hill/mountain top, where there are the famous metallic statues which symbolise all forms of pilgrim travel:
As expected, the Camino signs continue to be excellent on the el Camino de Santiago in northern Spain:
Annoyingly though I see that I am still on the GR65:
The walk from Pamplona firstly climbs, and then descends. On the descent the path is very rocky so pls be mindful of this and please take your steps carefully. I took the following photos of the walk on the descent – which passes through about 4 villages on the way with shops and cafes with @ – and on the way to Puente la Reina:
Along the way the very welcomed abundance of water sources, as is the case of almost the entirety of the Camino in Spain:
When you first arrive into Puente la Reina, which is about a 20km walk only from Pamplona, you are faced with the option of an albergue and I’m sure it is just fine. If you continue walking though then you will reach the old town and just before entering the town and on the left you will see the alberge de peregrinos pp. reparadores:
At 5 Euro for the night it is a great deal:
Facilities include a few showers which just about manage to do the job, a kitchen with microwave, wifi @ which just about manages to do the job, and a shared common room with vending machines.
I managed to grab a 6-bed dorm room (others are a standard 10 or 12 bed capacity) and the first thing I did was lay down my sleeping bag on my bed, which is on the top bunk and next to the window:
I then took a shower – washing my clothes in the process – and returned to the room to see on a bed someone’s money bag and camera. I waited until the (Brazilian) woman returned and politely asked her to pay more attention to her belongings. Her reply was that we are all pilgrims and it is a sort of long hippie trail, but I let her know that pilgrims do get their stuff stolen and that this is the reason for the many signs in the albergue, reminding you to take care of your belongings.
After practicing my basic Portuguese I went outside and hanged up my washing to (hopefully) dry over night:
Puente la Reina is a gorgeous town and I took the following photos before retiring to the albergue to rest up over a few cups of green tea:
The post photo btw was also taken in the historical section of Puente la Reina.
I think this will be the last night for a while that I sleep in an albergue, because I miss sleeping outside and miss this wild aspect of the Camino. Good night all! 🙂