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Day 4 Pamploma to Puente la Reina 25 km

Left the beautiful city of Pamploma by moonlight at 6.30am the first 10 km was past fields of wheat and sunflowers. Would have beenstunning to see the sea of yellow the fields a couple of months ago. Had a quick bite in the village of Cizur Menor. We started the 9 km climb up to the high ridge above us where there are wind farms. Passed some cool old ruins before reaching the village of Zariquiegui ( not sure how to say that one!!! ) where I had the best ever pan a chocolate !!

As the hill got steeper on this rocky path Anne and I parted as I told her not to wait for me. Needed to pace myself to accommodate my VERY sore right foot from a massive blister on my little toe ! Hobbling along and gritting my teeth!!! Up the top of the ridge were great views in all directions and the metal silhouette statues depicting pilgrims.

The downhill was grueling as it was steep and went on forever. It was loose rocks so you had to really concentrate so you wouldn't twist an ankle. Down on the flat it was again past farmland and rolling hills. I swapped my shoes for a pair of sandals with socks and the pain relief was immediate. I could walk again at a good pace without hobbling... Happy as a pig in mud !!!

Passed through 3 more cute old villages ( mostly deserted) and had lunch in a bar in Muruzabal- chorizo on a baguette....... So good

Made it into Puente La Reina at 1pm. Took me 6 1/2 hours to do 24 km. checked into a monastery run hostel for 4 E( cheapest yet) called Padres Reparadores. In a 6 bed dorm with a Spanish couple ( no English), an elderly lady from Hungary and haven't met the other 2 yet.the Spanish man taught me a heap of stretches...... No language needed....the beauty of the camino.

Usual routine of shower, washed my clothes, checked out my feet (ugly!), take off the dressings and let them air while I walk around and explore this cute little village of 2000. Has a gorgeous 6 arched stone bridge built for the pilgrims to cross the river Arga in the 12th century. It is basically a one street village with beautiful old houses on this street and 3 amazing churches. The church beside the hostel was built by the Knights Templar. Went inside the 2 nd church where the altar was all gold and ornate.

The countryside I have travelled through since France has been basque country which has its own language and encompasses 7 counties. Each province has its own architectural styles.

Found a gorgeous little hole in the wall bar selling tapas to have a coke in and type this. Will probably come back for their taps or a pilgrim menu at a bar down the road. Home now to see if my washing is dry.

Ended up sitting with Ron from Brazil and Donna and Warren for some tapas for dinner and bought some cheapie sandals for 9 E.

Massive wind towers

Massive wind towers


After Pamploma ( Anne from Ireland  in front)

After Pamploma ( Anne from Ireland in front)


Marker

Marker


Village church

Village church


Puenta Le Reina

Puenta Le Reina


The old bridge in Puente La Reina

The old bridge in Puente La Reina


Iron Pilgrim statues

Iron Pilgrim statues


Yummy food in a tapas bar

Yummy food in a tapas bar


Haystack in a wheat field

Haystack in a wheat field


Stony path

Stony path


Inside a small local church

Inside a small local church


Bar

Bar


Covered square walkways

Covered square walkways

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Spain

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