End of the Day ~ May 14, 2018

• Monday, May 14, 2018, Day #4

• Gernika

• Distance 12.3 miles; total 60.6 miles

• 1,452’ ascent and 2,502’ descent; 30% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

• Weather: 55 degrees; partly cloudy

End of the day,

Not much space,

And yet an abundance

Of good companionship.

1st Ibiri Auzoa

2nd Ibiri Auzoa

3rd Monasterio de Zenarruza

Monasterio ~ May 13, 2018

• Sunday, May 13, 2018, Day #3

• Monasterio de Zenarruza

• Distance 17.8 miles

• 1,934’ ascent and 1,811’ descent; 70% hard surface

• Time: 8 hours

• Weather: 50 degrees; intermittent rain

There are only 18 beds at the Monasterio and it’s first come first serve. Walking on the road is hard on the feet and less scenic. However, we could move much faster than slipping through the mud after last nights hard rains. Like all good things, the Monasterio on top of the mountain and we arrived to blue skies.

1st Monasterio

2nd Monasterio

3rd Monasterio

Double Whammy ~ June 13, 2016

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Day 44 (Day 41 Camino)
  • Monreal
  • Distance: 21 miles (60% tarmac) 602 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,994 feet and descent 1,514 feet
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 65-72 degrees, overcast, drizzle, blue sky with clouds

Double whammy.

Only one bar in town and it’s Monday, the typical closing day for Spanish shops.

No food to be had at any price. Sophie, Diego, and I empty our food bag of emergency stash. The combination is a Pilgrim’s feast.

The town’s Albergue lets us complementary use their facility.

  1. Towards Monreal
  2. Monreal
  3. Monreal

At the Top ~ June 7, 2016

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • Day 38 (Day 35 Camino)
  • Col du Somport, SPAIN
  • Distance: 16 1/2 miles (60% tarmac) 510 total miles
  • Ascent 4,526 feet and descent 669 feet
  • Time: 10 hours
  • Weather: 65-75 degrees, blue skies the clouds

What’s at the top?

An artistic metal pilgrim…

My lodging Refuge Aysa…

My clean clothes drying…

  1. Col du Somport
  2. Col du Somport
  3. Col du Somport

Agriturismo Somaia ~ September 27, 2015

  • September 27, 2015
  • Day 20
  • Caminno Day 9
  • Somaia
  • 12 miles
  • Total ascent 3,063 and descent 2,605 feet
  • 7 1/2 hours
  • 45-55 degrees

The second day of solo walking had its challenge. The final junction had two unlabeled  variants and I chose wrong.  I over shot my destination. After telephoning the host, he gracious picked me up in his car.  Upon arriving at his Agriturismo, he presented me with apples, figs and mellon from his property.  Food straight from the garden to the table.  Breath taking scenery of a valley and mountains.

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Agriturismo Somaia


  

Fingers Do the Walking ~ Day 44 ~ May 19, 2014

Day 44, May 20
0 miles, 514 total miles REST DAY #5
Altitude: 1,555 feet (daily high 1,624)
Weather: overcast 55-75F
Pamplona

Let your fingers do the walking and stay off your feet. The bulk of the day was spent blogging Over the Pyrenees.

With two days off, I welcomed a more private hostel. This place reminds me of a Japanese crash pad.

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Over the Pyrenees ~ Stage 6B ~ Day 41 ~ May 17, 2014

Day 41, May 17
16 miles, 486 miles
Altitude: 3,116 feet
Weather: blue sky with clouds 55-75F
Roncesvalles
FRIST DAY IN SPAIN

Col de Bentarte, 4,386 feet
Col Lepoeder, 4,724 feet
Roncesvalles, 3,034 feet
Descend 1,690 feet in 3.1 mile

What an introduction to Spain! Martin Sheen stayed here; however, not in the renovated wing.

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