This first week saw us walk through Larrasoana (we were luckily warned to avoid the municipal albergue here; we heard some horror stories at the next town from those not so lucky!), Pamplona, over the top of the alto de perdon, through Puente la Reina to Ayegui then onto Logrono which turned out to be one of my favourite places on the walk. Not least because we cheated and stayed in a hotel (can you all say BATHTUB! woohoo!). The stay in the hotel coincided with my feet going on strike via multiple blisters and horrible plantar fasciitis, so it was perfect timing.
In honour of ANZAC day we carried a small bottle of Bundy from home so we could have a gunfire brekkie before we set off from Roncesvalles on day 3. Why on earth we didn’t think of cracking it open when at the top of the bloody freezing cold mountain the day before I have no idea!
We were caught in a LOT of rain the first week. A LOT.
Our magic ponchos kept us dry and warm, which was great as one of the hardest things as a pilgrim is to keep your clothes dry. Clothes dryers are not common in the albergues, and if they are there they will cost a fortune and have a line of a fellow soggy pilgrims before you! Sometimes we were daredevils and didn’t wash our clothes from that day until the next night, taking our chances that there would be a dryer waiting to dry ALL our clothes for us (we only carried one change of clothes). Living life on the edge 😉
Along with the rain there was some magical scenery, and a little bit of sunshine to keep us going!
Other highlights included the 12th century octagonal knights templar church, and the wine fountain! That’s right – a fountain that pours wine out for free for the weary pilgrim. Unfortunately Murphy and his damn laws intervened and it wasn’t working when we were there 🙁 We’ll just have to go back!! 🙂