Day 5: 28.3 kilometers
Total: 144.1 kilometers
Waking up in the morning you could hear the rain coming down outside but still everybody was getting up and ready to head out. I was ready to go and said my farewells and see you soon and buen camino and I was off. I think people may have been waiting a bit for the rain to stop but I was ready and I didn’t mind the rain. I had both my rain coat and my wind breaker ( water resistencia) on me and my life bag. Inside my life bag I have a dry bag with my clothes so I didn’t need to cover it but I would rather have a dry life bag versus a wet one. Walking through the town it was pretty wet but a kilometer past the bridge and it started to clear up! Climbing up to one of the higher points in today’s walk the sun broke out and lit up the trail! It felt like I was walking into the light! I loved it! It made me happy and for some reason itfollowed me throughout the day! I had a few clouds look threatening but nothing ever happened and the sun always burst back out and warmed me up! It was quite the amazing day!i ended up walking by myself the whole day and had an absolute blast!
In Villatuerta I took the less travelled path and instead of playing tag with the highway, I ended up climbing a lot more but spending my afternoon in the fields and the woods! Best decision ever! I was surprised to see Zarapuz so quickly! It was an old pilgrim Albergue in the medieval times! How cool is that?! I was the only one there and climbed inside and around and it was pretty spectacular! All around Zarapuz were fields of grazing bulls. Not just any kind of bull but the kind that are exclusively for bull fighting! They were playing around chasing each other and head butting each other then would mount each other… Ok yea nature is wild! After this I walked through some amazing woods with birds chirping away so loud I felt like I was a dude version of Cinderella and soon chipmunks and birds would come out and shave my beard whilst singing gracefully! Luckily that didn’t happen but I still had an amazing time and the views from up on that mountain to Estella were outright spectacular! I made it to Opción quick and turned right to head back East towards Estella. Great route planning because I was ready for a drink and soon after I turned I walked into Irache where the fountain of wine is!
So I had a sip…in a 1.5 liter bottle it was perfect because I was thirsty and I only had a few more Kilometers to go! So I filled up and enjoyed the beautiful taste and the instant relaxation I got from having a sip or two! As soon as I made it into Estella I started seeing all my friends again! Nico was first and was sitting out front the Albergue. Gave a whistle and he saw me. I checked in to the big hospital Albergue for 6 euros and put my bag down then went out to explore! Nico and I climbed up to a cross on the top of the mountain overlooking the city. What a view! It was beautiful! Then we walked around some of the town and saw the intricately designed churches which were quite breathtaking and that isn’t the wine talking! After another hour or so we headed to the store to get some supplies for dinner.
****quick side note: I can never say supplies shout thinking about Ashley Quinn. She is the best and if you see her ask her about her supplies joke!
This Albergue and a beautifully big kitchen and everything else I needed! So I got started and whipped up a meal for a king or just two hungry pilgrims! Today’s Menu includes:
Potatoes with garlic, onion, mushroom and red peppers with crispy cooked chorizo and elemental queso. Topping that was two fried eggs in chorizo grease to add flavor.
Salad of fresh greens with tomatoes and olives and tuna with a light balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing
A side plate of fresh bread from the panaderia and a tall bottle of San Miguel to share!
It was quite the feast and people and friends really enjoyed coming down on their sore legs to smell the magical meal! Love putting love into cooking! Learned a lot about that from the best chef I know, Christine lynch!
So many great times and so many more to come! Time for me to go to bed! Pura Vida and buen camino!