The rouite from Zubiri to Pamplona is a roller coaster of ups and downs with a lovely approach to Pamplona through Trinidad de Arre, the park and through the old fortified wall into the city. Passing through Arre I tripped on a speed hump in the pavement (to slow down cyclists) and went down heavily on both knees. I am grazed and bruised but no other injuries.
Our Pension in Pamplona - Sarasate - deserves a mention. It is right around the corner from the Plaza de Castillo, 3 minutes from the bus station, spotlessley clean, comofrtable beds, en suite bathrooms, tv, wifi and the kindest, most obliging host. Please support him if you are planning a stay in Pamplona. 35 euro for a single, 45 euro for a double.
Today Janet, Eugeni and I left Pamplona at about 7h30 and stopped in Cizur Menor (about 5km) for a coffee and toast passing Roy and Kay and then Linda a Pam. Then on through gently rollong farmlands - wheat, barley and millet - to the Alto de Perdon, a high ridge with a line of wind turbines and a series of metal pilgrim sculptures with the incription, ¨Where the path of the wind crosses that of the stars.¨ It is a long, hard slog up to the top and the wind was cold and howling when we reached the summit. Janet joined us soon after and we descended the other side down a steep, twisting ankle snapping river boulder path to Uterga where we met up with Kim Frances, Roy and Kay. Eugeni, Kim and I decided to take the detour to Eunate and we spent a bit of time at the lovely church before continuing on to Obanos and then to Puente La Reina. Just as we were starting to feel really weary the Hostal Jakue appeared before us and we soon checked into our rooms. This is a gorgeous, up market new albergue and hotel with the best 11 euro pilgrim menu you´ll find on the camino - a buffet feast with soup, salads, hot afood, many different deserts and wine and bread. Yummy!
It is now 9:25pm and I am drooping at the key board. But, I am a very happy pilgrim. Next time I´ll tell you a bit about how the group is working and where we are going tomorrow.
Over and out for now,