Monthly Archives: September 2019

Stage 13: Ciruena to Recedilla de Camino

23 Sep 21019 We got an early start out of Ciruena, before dawn, using our headlamps to see the trail, for a 17 Km walk to Recedilla de Camino. It was a chilly 47-degrees F but dry and eventually became … Continue reading

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Stage 12: Najera to Ciruena

22 Sep 2019 My blisters and Claude’s ankle continue to improve, along with our spirits. This morning we departed Najera in the pre-dawn darkness, headlamps in place, with 56-degrees and a light drizzle, for a 15 Km walk. Naturally, we … Continue reading

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Stage 11: Navarette to Najera

21 Sep 2019 My feet are feeling pretty good after yesterday, so today’s walk will be a little further, 16 Kms, to Najera. We’re walking through endless acres of wheat fields now, sometimes on a dedicated Camino path, sometimes on … Continue reading

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Stage 10: Logronio to Navarette

20 Sep 2019 Logronio was about to launch its big week-long wine festival and, sadly, we saw it being set up as we left town. With some trepidation, I dropped off my big backpack at an albergue, tagged with the … Continue reading

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Stage 9: Viana to Logroño

18 & 19 Sep 2019 My 10Km walk into Logroño was uneventful, if painful, and it was interesting to see the city’s updated take on the Camino markers and traditional scallop shell. My Canadian friend, Claude, started a few kilometers … Continue reading

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Stage 8: Los Arcos to Viana

17 Sep 2019 My feet were in no condition to make my originally planned 28Km walk to Logroño so I let my schedule slip a day and shortened my distance to Viana, only 18Kms away. The terrain was mercifully fairly … Continue reading

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Stage 7: Estella to Los Arcos

16 Sep 2019 – 22Kms I got an early start out of Estella after the standard “pilgrim menu breakfast” (toast, butter, jam, orange juice, and coffee – no protein – for 3 Euros) and we climbed steadily out of town. … Continue reading

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Stage 6: Puente la Reina to Estella

15 Sep 2019 The guide books say this is a stage of “primarily rolling ups and downs”, but I beg to differ. I think the authors need to review! There are a few steep ascents and descents. They also use … Continue reading

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Stage 5: Pamplona to Puente la Reina

14 Sep 2019 One feature of Pilgrim life is that we often leave town quite early. It’s quieter and cooler, especially in cities, and we have to be out of most albergues by 8:00 or 8:30am anyway. I took the … Continue reading

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Pamplona: Casa Ibarrola and Pinchos

13 Sep 2019 I planned a rest day in Pamplona and by dumb luck wound up staying in Casa Ibarrola, an exceptionally well-planned and -run albergue. Two brothers came up with this albergue’s design and implemented a bunch of clever … Continue reading

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