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!
We ended Day 5 at Puente La Reina at Hotel Jakue for a much needed break from our other pilgrims and our own room!
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.
Lunch was at a Pilgrim “Bar” which is the coffee shop, sandwich place, bakery and bar in Spain.
We ended in wet Estella at a San Andres Pensione (pilgrim House) on a great square.
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!
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.