After a nice rest in Pamplona, we were happy to get back on the trail. It didn’t take long to get out of the city and back onto another scenic trail. With the improved weather, we were now able to hike in shorts and T shirts.
As you can see from the photo, I had my main backpack sent ahead to our hotel. For only around $6, it was well worth it to have one more easier day hiking. This service was available throughout the Camino and I was glad I could use it at the last minute.
Although we saw bikers along our route, they often used the main highways. This horse passed us once, and we thought it looked like a fun way to do the Camino.
We saw all ages of people, from all parts of the world. It was fun meeting up with people when we stopped for lunch or visited a special site along the way. Everyone was friendly and accessible. And we often saw people helping each other, especially in offering advice for what to do about blisters and other foot problems.
It was a bit of a climb to Cizur Menor, made famous by the movie, The Way. But the views and photo ops were worth it.
Each day we passed through several beautiful small towns—always with clean streets and lovely architecture. Many of the small stores and restaurants catered to the pilgrims. It was easy to find tasty sandwiches called Bocadillo with a wide variety of fillings—eggs and chorizo in the morning or meat, vegetables or cheese almost any other time.
You never know what you might find along the Camino. We enjoyed this short interruption.
We highly recommend spending a night in Puente La Reina, a beautiful town near the Agra River. There were many options for lodging and several fun restaurants with outdoor seating in this picturesque village. And best of all, it was a pleasant 13 mile walk from Pamplona.