One Step at a Time …. Days 5-7

I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me. John Lennon

The last three days were a challenge as we covered over 60 kilometers stopping in Puente La Reina, Estella and Los Argos.  All the guidebooks for this journey say that the first 3rd of this pilgrimage is for the body and we were feeling it.  Lots of sore limbs and feet as these 40 somethings kept trudging on through the Spanish countryside.  We were mostly in the Navarre Region which is agricultural and has the start of the wine growing region.  Lots of vineyards and open fields throughout the day.  As we entered Logrono (more later), we have now passed into the Rioja Region (the heart of wine country).

Day 5 – Our morning from Zariquigui started early (6:30am) before the sunrise with our headlamps guiding the way up the mountain to Alto del Perdon (Hill of Forgiveness)  which features a wrought iron sculpture of traditional pilgrims and a ridgeline full of windmills.  Some nice pictures at sunrise!

Greg's New Friends!
Greg’s New Friends!
We wish we had a mule to carry packs!
We wish we had a mule to carry packs!
Great Views!
Great Views!

We ended Day 5 at Puente La Reina at Hotel Jakue for a much needed break from our other pilgrims and our own room!

Wine bar at Hotel Jakue.
Wine bar at Hotel Jakue.

Day 6 took us through the countryside with good weather to start and rain to end as we reached Estella.  Lots of cool architecture on this route including Roman Roads and bridges and interesting tunnels.

Puente La Reina Fortress gate.
Puente La Reina Fortress gate.
12th Century Pilgrim's Bridge
12th Century Pilgrim’s Bridge
A Gardener with too much time on their hands!
A Gardener with too much time on their hands!
Tunnels under the Highway.
Tunnels under the Highway.

Lunch was at a Pilgrim “Bar” which is the coffee shop, sandwich place, bakery and bar in Spain.

One stop shopping!
One stop shopping!

We ended in wet Estella at a San Andres Pensione (pilgrim House) on a great square.

A room with a view!
A room with a view!

Day 7 started with Bad Timing!  We walked through Estella early morning to a Pilgrim’s favorite location, Fuente de Vino (Fountain of Wine).  This is a favorite fountain because it not only has water but also free wine!  Unfortunately, it was 8am! … So we filled our water bottle with wine and walked on!

Penny filling the Pilgrim shell with wine. A good luck tradition!
Penny filling the Pilgrim shell with wine. A good luck tradition!
Greg following suit.
Greg following suit.

We ended our day again with an hour or so of rain but safely in a Pensione in Los Arcos off a pretty church square.

View from our Pensione.
View from our Pensione.

104 thoughts on “One Step at a Time …. Days 5-7”

  1. What fun to be able to follow along with you! You are both inspiring, we wish you safe travels and many wonderful memories. We can’t wait to hear all about it. All our best, Mike and Lynn

    1. Hi Guys,

      We are so glad we are able to share our adventures with you through our blog. We look forward to spending time with you guys upon our return to WI. Our best to you and your family!

    1. Hi Katie,
      Wine is a part of getting us through… But so is the discovery of things like beautiful hotels and services available along the Camino. We are loving the people and the culture we are experiencing along the way. We look forward to arriving back in WI soon. Missing You!

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