Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Date: 4 September 2018

Departure Time: 07:45 am
Arrival Time: 2:36 pm
Distance: 22 kms
Cumulative Distance: 47.4 kms
Percentage Completed: 5.12%
Accommodation: Txantxorena
Weather: Perfect sunny day

Today was a very pleasant but  strenuous walk through charming forests and country paths. We did note that Spanish cartographers do suffer  from some arithmatic challenges. It’s not too often that you can pass a sign that  says 6.5 kilometres to your destination, walk 20 metres and encounter another sign that says 7.5 kilometres to go. 

The day was a tough one again with a very strenuous 3.5 kilometre downhill slog right at the end. Mark was very buoyant as he passed the point where he began to acquire blisters on our last Camino with feet in good condition. 

We had a very pleasant evening drinking and sharing stories with pilgrims from the UK, Canada, USA and Sweden. We have chatted to a number of US citizens and are yet to find anyone who admits to being a Trump supporter. However, another thing  they have in common was their distrust of Hillary Clinton. 

We are staying at Hotel Txantxorena which is located in a beautiful building which was built in the 1600’s. It was a perfect place to spend our 36th wedding anniversary. 

Off to Pamplona tomorrow, where we will have a rest day.

The beginning of Day 3

Window boxes of beautiful flowers adorn balconies and windows

Mark has begun smelling the roses
Beautiful dappled path through the Beech forest
Blackberries are wild and plentiful
Craggy rocky path
Difficult walking surface
Arriving in Zubiri
Relaxing by the river

Our hotel for the night

4 thoughts on “Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri

  1. Congratulations on starting your journey. Mark must be happy that his feet are holding up so far. That walk into Zubiri is a killer. Your photos are great, and I have been waiting for your blog each day. You do such a great job Deb, keep it up. Been Camino.

  2. I think those same cartographers were in Ireland, too, Deb! I think Mark has a horticultural calling?? Looks fabulous xx

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