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Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona October 21st 2014

Blog for the 20thonwards Inexplicably the night had brought a moist start to the day, with my tent copping the brunt of the dew. Frustrating to say the least, ending up with a wet tent without having any rain. I certainly had a sense of nervous trepidation about the day. Hoping that I could get my bike fixed in good time, and get on the road to Pamplona. There was also the unknown that was the Pyrenees. I was unsure whether I would be able to ride on the only road leading there. I was definitely on edge. After having a quick, and reassuring word with Eb, I made the 5km walk with my broken bike over the border and into Irun. Stopping on the way I treated myself to a few last croissants on French ... read more

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona October 9th 2014

Pamplona in Spain 6 and 7 October 2014 Oh the adventures of travelling. From Bordeaux, we could only book the train to Irun (which is a town just south of the Span/France border) and not to San Sebastian, so after the 2 1/2 hour journey to Irun, we caught a local train to San Sebastian. On the train, we met an Australian girl in her 30s and a couple about our age so we stayed together to change trains. As soon as we got to San Sebastian station we said our goodbyes and Tom & I hopped into a taxi to the San Sebastian airport where we were going to pick up our hire-car. While we were driving along in the Taxi, I said to Tom, "we are heading back towards Irun". The taxi driver kept ... read more
Pamplona Spain 6 and 7 October 2014 -Pam is being chased by the Bulls into the Bull ring - damn no bulls
Pamplona Spain 6 and 7 October 2014 - Running with the Bulls Memorial (1)
Pamplona Spain 6 and 7 October 2014  - our hotel lobby

Europe » Spain » Navarre October 8th 2014

Going steady and easy .Left Estella yesterday towards Villamayor de Monjardín where we stayed at the alburgue Nuovo . On the way we passed a monastery that offered up a free dual fountain ..water free on the right and free red wine on the left. Whoa! How cool is THAT! Google " Bodega Irache" if you would like to watch the "wine cam" We were lucky! Our room at alburgue Nuovo looked directly out to a centuries old Cathedral de Santa Andres .It was beautiful but really really loud , the bell rang once for the half hour and on the hour..so at 12 midnight it rang 12 times, sooo no sleep that night but hey beauty has its privileges and the view was absolutely beautiful. I'm writing this from alburgue de fluente in Los Arcos ... read more
Long and Winding Road
Olive Grove outside Villamayor de Monjardín
villamayor de morjardin 11th century church -BONG!!!!

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Estella October 6th 2014

Days are melting together .. walk walk walk ..stop eat sleep wake up, stretch pack ,find coffee and something to eat hopefully within the first hour of heading out then walk walk walk The scenery is dream like , so beautiful, so historic. The Pilgrims we meet on the Way now are the ones that are struggling with some aliment , The healthy young energetic ones have moved on and are way ahead.The common theme now being blisters or a pulled this or strained that . I have a bum right knee but am making do. After 16 miles since leaving Pamplona with many long climbs and slippery descents its holding on with only modetate pain occasionally Since leaving Pomplona we have stayed in Puente la Reina, Lorca and now Estella in Hotel Yerri Tomorrow we ... read more
Cafe' le leche
have baguette will travel
Roman Bridge Puente la Reina

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona October 5th 2014

Hola!! After a LONG commute from Spokane, WA to Madrid, Spain that was described as pleasant, uneventful, and hitch-less our journey took a quick turn... After arriving in the Madrid airport we made the decision to continue immediately to Pamplona. Hungry, sleep deprived and out-of-sorts we got our tickets for a 6+ hour bus ride after a slight swindling from the ticket sellers. Yes...we've been had more than once since arriving in Spain. The people of Madrid rushed us constantly to make decisions and commit to their "deals"...it wasn't until halfway through our bumpy bus ride when a woman tried to cut in the bathroom line that we, literally, stood our ground. My foot firmly planted in front of the door she tried to shut on us we adamantly refused giving up our bathroom, which we ... read more
Ready to GO!!
I Spy...
Shuttles....

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona October 3rd 2014

After two days in Pamplona we are packing up and heading for Puente la Reina . It will be a slow go as I glitched my right knee slighly so going gentle Would consider hopping forward on my left foot but that will cause my heels of my shoes to become uneven :) Today we visited the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the old city walls . Incredible history here people! Totally freaking incredible. Tonight dinner then early bed getting an early start ... read more
Santa Maria Cathedral
THICK hot chocolate
Drinking Fountain

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona October 2nd 2014

Heres what we have tasted or seen so far.. the food we have tasted so far has been incredible... read more
3 cheese and ham Pintos
Green bean and Potato stew
Meat market 1 Pamplona

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Estella September 30th 2014

Had breakfast at the hostel, bread and jam, juice and coffee and were out the by 7.30am. The first 3.5 kms were a very steep climb out of the village, up towards Maneru. The path was refreshingly good and the scent of spruce forests pervaded the air and made the walk more pleasant. After Maneru, Cirauqui was next in our sights and after a nice undulating walk, the village appeared ahead. It is a lovely medieval town with narrow streets that had us weaving our way through until we hit the open country and the old roman road ahead. I would like to say strolling along the roman road and crossing the old roman bridge ( are there any new ones?) was a pleasant , almost romantic, step back in time, but that would be a ... read more
The Steep climb out of the village
The Fence of Crosses
Sue adding her's

Europe » Spain » Navarre » Pamplona September 30th 2014

Left Zubiri 8:30 this morning after stopping at an incredible pastry /cafe leche' shop in town . We needed it as the day was long with many up hill climbs. One great thing is we have noticed our strength and stamina increasing . The hills are easier but still steep and our trekking lasts longer without a break. Still we are not ready yet for the Himalaya 's ..soon maybe.:) Besides the beautiful scenery we are meeting many very interesting and friendly people from all over the world . Truly encourging. We have arrived in Pamplona exhausted with spirits high. Staying in the old part of town at a comfortable hotel . Going to hold up for a couple days before heading out. ... read more
Pastry shop Zubiri 1
11th Century church between Zubiri and Pamplona
Every house has flowers

Europe » Spain » Navarre September 29th 2014

I want to give a shout out to Ashley Sutterfield *for giving me these wonderful energy gummy chunks. Ashley , they work great !. (And they are tasty.) * If anyone sees Ashley show her this please... read more




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