Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Date: 24 April 2017

Departure time: 07:40 am
Arrival Time: 14:30 pm
Distance: 23 kms
Cumulative Distance: 48 kms
Percentage Completed: 6.1%
Accommodation: Pension Amets
Weather: Sunny, clear skies 23 degrees
Debra – Once again scenery spectacular- tough day with lots of uneven downhill terrain
Mark – Beautiful, dappled sunlit paths – I felt like a social outcast because I walked in sandals and socks due to blisters
Julia – Initail scenery spectacular – walk was tougher than expected
Geoff  – Spectacular scenery smattered with stealth killer climbs and slopes – loved the rural calmness
Cindy – Magical scenery – challenging walk but feeling euphoric


Today was supposed to be a beautiful walk through idyllic country lanes and pathways. Today turned out to be a bloody tough walk through idyllic country lanes and pathways. We are all feeling very pleased with ourselves for making it through intact. We did learn a few things today. Firstly, the Spanish kilometre is 1.5 times the length of the Australian kilometre. Never believe otherwise. Secondly, when a Spaniard says you only have a beautiful 3.5 kilometre downhill walk to get to town, what he really means is that you should take abseiling lessons. Thirdly, small Spanish towns are really great places to drink lots of cheap alcohol and have deep and meaningful conversations with fellow pilgrims.

We are currently staying at Pension Amets in Zubiri, with lovely comfortable rooms and we feel it is a great choice of private hotel. Interestingly enough, fellow pilgrims who are staying in dormitory style alburgues are reporting that they are having a great time.

We are off to Pamplona tomorrow, the forecast is for showers, so our perfect weather may be coming to an end.


Changing from boots to sandals – the beginning of the blisters

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