It is starting to feel like groundhog day!
The rhythm of the day starts sneaking around at 6am trying to pack quietly whilst not waking the other 7+ pilgrims in the cramped albergue room.
Then it is off to find breakfast, coffee and pastry for under 3 Euro. Whilst the village sleeps the click clack of pilgrims sticks follow the arrows or shells out of the town and onto pathways that lead up and over hills.
Today we walked through a particularly stunning hilltop town of Cirauqui. Gorgeous from afar, desolate in nature as the locals don’t tend to become active to well after 9am on a Saturday.
Magically a shop will appear at the top of a steep section as exhausted pilgrims revive with a cold drink or get recharged on caffeine.
Then there is the decision to stop for lunch or power through to the next village for a late lunch. The later has worked for us, as after checking into accomodation and washing the dust off a 20+ km day, we feel more human.
Now you may be thinking that the hard stuff is over …..but no. Preparing your bed with the bedbug guard and sleeping bag- this is so you can finally sit down. Then you have to wash today’s clothes (remembering that you have only two sets). Examine and repair your feet and any other injury. Plan for the next days walk- where you will aim for and the name of the Albergue. Then there is planning tonight’s meal and tomorrow’s snacks or as I like to call the pre-breakfast energy boost so you can take the first step (usually a piece of fruit). A nap is adviced before you hit the town around 7pm. You don’t want to be sleeping in your 3 course pilgrim’s meal. The diary and blog are written. Before stumbling back to your bed around 9-10pm for a restless sleep before starting it all again in the morning.
Tonight has been slightly different. As we wondered the streets of Estella we were witness to a reenactment of a war 190yrs ago between the French and Spanish. I’m not sure who won but it was all very exciting.
The end of the day has come. Goodnight until we do it all again tomorrow 🙂