Date: 28 April 2017
Departure time: 08:15
Arrival Time: 17:00
Distance: 22 kms
Cumulative Distance: 116 kms
Percentage Completed: 14.8%
Accommodation: Apartmentos Gebala
Weather: Clear skies, cold at times 11 degrees
Debra – Easy walk – loved the old towns
Mark – Loved the vineyards and the crops – Spanish towns perfect settings for Zombie movies
Julia – Got a new blister – pretty until Lorca
Geoff – Easy walk – Spanish siesta is real
Cindy – Enjoyed today. Pleasant walk – loved the old churches, some towns were eerie.
Today saw us pass the 100 kilometre mark. We set off from Puente la Reina across the iconic bridge travelling to Estella. Today’s walk entailed a combination of country paths, vineyards, wheat fields and numerous vegetable crops. It was certainly the easiest walking day so far.
Along the path today were dotted small towns/ villages ranging from the very pretty (Cirauqui) to the rather bland (Villatuerta). A striking feature of these is the lack of any visible population, even when it is not siesta time. At times we thought we could be on the set of a zombie apocalypse movie. We are perhaps a little disappointed with a lack of any contact with the local inhabitants. It is only when you get to major towns for overnight stays has there been any contact and that has been assistance with directions.
Once again Spanish distance signage continues to baffle us with it seemingly almost arbitrarily specifying distances between towns. 1.5 kms can actually mean 4.5 kms as we experienced this afternoon. Estella is a pretty town, although we did have the poorest quality and poorest value meal of the trip. The Cod had the texture and taste of a blister and cost €15:00.
Everyone is having a good time and coping well physically. Mark and Julia have named their blisters Billy, Ben and Bertha.