Day 3: 20.9 kilometers + 5 exploring Pamplona!
Total: 87.5 kilometers
Starting off in an amaZing albergue in the morning I woke up to people starting to rustle and move about. I had already packed most of my bag the night before so I was a breeze at getting ready. First thing though when I woke up, I went over to the kitchen and cut my two lemons in half and squeezed them into a cup for my morning drink. It really gets me going and I am grateful for the albergues that have kitchens for the pilgrims to use. After that I stretched out my ankle which was a little sore from walking the previous two days. I rolled it severely end of last year doing a spartan race. So much that it made the best foot doc around Doc Mendezoom laugh and tell me to come in the next day! Nothing broke but it sure was a sweller! Well that morning after some stretching on it and moving with a little asana kisser rub it felt good to go so I finished my packing and wished the best to all my friends who were there. I debated waiting and walking with them but then again I enjoyed the time I had the previous two days walking alone and wanted to keep on that track for a bit. Plus I like to stop and take pictures, do my sets of push-ups, sometimes clap sporadically and make voices for what I think the animals sound like in human voice. I may not do that if I was walking next to someone. I wish all my best to all the fellow pilgrims I meet and if we walk together that will be great but if we don’t we can always meet in the next town! So off I went into the brisk morning light. It was very cold, actually colder than it was in the snow! I enjoyed looking at the frost and the crunch when I stepped in the grass but I also liked the warmth of the Albergue I stayed at last night! So it took a few uphills for me to warm up and be good. It was chilly though and I have to thank Christine Lynch for giving me those amazing gloves with wind breakers on them because I’ve used them every day!
The path this morning was absolutely amazing. I moved weaving through the woods to the birds chirping and the bells of sheep and horses heard in the distance. It was so nice that I often forgot about the cold. Here and there we came back to the highway and you could here the cars but it wasn’t so bad because the birds were chirping so loud! I left this morning with just eating a banana and my lemon juice so I was starting to get hungry. I looked at the map and saw this little town of Zuriain. It was such a beautiful place inside and out that I’m saving talking about it for another post! Regardless I was fueled up and heading out when I met a strong looking hiker from South Africa coming in. He just started when I did pretty much and looked happy. He looked like a great hiker and as I was leaving wished him a buen camino and I was off! I figured I would see him again today but I did not. We are both heading to Finisterre so I’m sure we will bump into each other again on one of these days.
The whole day was a beautiful hike. I went through many types of paths and loved them all! It was quite nice being mostly flat today after a few days in the mountains. I felt good today and was excited to see it all. Crossing through the woods the path crossed Rio Arga a few times making it for quite the scenic trip! The river flooded a few weeks back and you could see the debris in the trees way higher than you would expect. Must have been quite the flood because the river still was flowing pretty strong! Closer and closer I walked to the city.
On the highest point of the path today almost to Miravalles I talked to two bikers. They both were from Pamplona and you could tell by they way they talked that they loved the Basque Country! It was great talking to them especially with they view that was all around us. I have never quite felt the feeling backed sensation as I did from they as they shook my hand and said buen viaje – good travels! It was like a lightning bolt through my system and their eyes were so sincere it felt amazing! So off I went and no more than five minutes later I heard screaming mountain bike tires and my name being screamed. It was my two bike friends coming down so instinctively I shouted back buena suerte Pura Vida!!! They turned and smiled and then zoomed down the path.
Sooner than later I was almost to Pamplona. I made it to a nice little town called Cruce where I loved every moment. Crossing the bridge the city came quick but I was ready. The camino is marked quite thoroughly here which was nice because I kept looking all around for arrows! What caught my eye was the love there was. It really is everywhere but I pick up on little things. Two little kids hugging, people kissing on a bench in the plaza, two beautiful souls holding hands walking down the street in love. I really enjoyed this and will continue to enjoy it everywhere I go. I also said hello or hola to every one I passed. I got lots of smiles then looked in passing glass window and my hair was pretty wild! Anyways it was nice seeing everyone smile. I spoke with a few older guys I was passing who were eager to answer my any question and ask about my journey. They knew no English so it was fun for me to talk to them! They knew I was trying and cheered me on until I’m made sense! It was a beautiful day for everything! Right before Pamplona I passed another pilgrim I had seen a few times but never caught up to. He would take many pictures but the walk so fast while I would be leisurely walking and looking up a lot going through the city. He sat down for a break on a bench and we chatted for a bit. He was from Germany just like that couple I met yesterday. Nice guy and I’m sure I will bump into him again on this journey!
Ahhhhh. I made it! Pamplona on a nice fun day! The kilometers seemed to fly by! Maybe because it was more flat or that I went less today than the previous two but I loved it! Hiking into Pamplona I crossed the Puente Magdelena and then walked through the amazing walls all the way up to the Portal de Francia and I was home! Such a beautiful place with so much to see and feel! It was a beautiful day :). I know I may have said that already but it really was and I had a great time! I checked in at the Jesus and Maria Albergue and was done for the day ! Time to take a shower and then go out and explore! Until next time Pura Vida and Buen Camino! #AdventureOn