We started out the day with goodbyes to our albergues volunteer hosts after they provided us with a really good breakfast. We gave our US/Colorado flag friendship pins to both of them. They both really appreciated the guesture and gave us a good hug. Today’s weather forecast called for intermittent rain and temperatures in the low 50’s. Easily the coolest day of our time on the camino. Our goal today was hiking to Los Arcos, a distance of 21 km (13.1 miles).
Shortly after leaving we came upon the Fuente del Vino from the Bodegas Irache vineyards.
Peregrinos have two choices, free flowing wine or water. Here you can see for yourself what choice Sandy made.
It started raining yesterday just as we were arriving at the albergue. It rained most of the night, which made today’s hike extremely muddy. There were several times when we needed to stop and remove a pound or so of mud off of our boots.
The hike wound through hay fields, and vineyards spending 99% of the time far away from roads and towns.
There is an interesting dynamic on the camino. You meet people, hike with them, sleep in albergues with them, then they dissapear for a few days. Just when you think they are well ahead of you, you meet them again in a bar or albergue. I loaned one of my poles to a swede who was having a hard time. I didn’t see him for a couple of days and finally the pole was returned and he proudly showed me the new ones he purchased. People (and hiking poles) come and go, only to come and go once again.
So far we have met Peregrinos from Australia, Italy, USA, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and France.
Hiking in these beautiful surroundings is so peaceful and serene.
In this photo’s foreground is an ancient pilgrim hospital called Culloden and a church on top of the near cloud covered mountain.
Tomorrow we are planning on a short day to rest our weary knees.