Day 3 – Larrasoana to Pamplona

The Stats:

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MILES: 17 CUMULATIVE MILES: 50

STEPS: 39,900  CUMULATIVE STEPS: 114,875

TIME WALKING: 7 HOURS  CUMULATIVE TIME WALKING: 22 HOURS


Woke-up and felt great!

Today we will travel to Zizur Mayor which includes a stop in Pamplona.

Pretty cool skies as we left at 7:30am.

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Like yesterday, there was morning mist rising from the small valleys.

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Lots of horses today… very different looking:

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A colt and mother…

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We have been seeing lots of these slugs (?) along the way. They are huge, like 4-5” long.

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After about 90 minutes of hiking, we stopped at this place (next to a river) for breakfast.

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It was a fun place filled with lots of pilgrims, good food plus a few chickens.

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Here is Scott & Helena enjoying the break.

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After a quick (and good) breakfast we headed to Pamplona. Here are a few shots along the way.

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Our guess is this was an old grainery.

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This was a real bummer 🙂

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There are some nice water fountains along the way to refill your water bottles. How civilized.

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Some of the paths get very narrow.

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While others reveal beautiful views.dsc02549

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This kid wanted 5 euros from us to take a picture of the red building in the background. A young capitalists 🙂

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I mentioned it earlier, I have been called lots of things, but never thought I would be called pilgrim. Here is a funny quote posted in Pamplona:

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Here are a few shots of Pamplona as we walked into the city. Unfortunately, the running of the bulls doesn’t take place until next month 😦

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The good news is that Helena & Scott got to stand next to a bull 🙂

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This is where we had lunch. I took 2.5 hours!!!! After lunch, Scott parted ways as he was taking a day off in Pamplona. Hopefully, Scott will catch-up with us in couple a days. Scott is a great traveling partner. HAPPY TRAILS to Scott!!dsc02577

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Helena Saves My A$$ 🙂

After our loooong lunch it was off to find me some new under pants. Unfortunately, with the lunch beings so long, we had to deal with the Spanish siesta where most of the places shut down from 2pm-5pm. The Spaniards take this really seriously and none of the shops were open and I couldn’t take another day in my thong underwear 🙂

Luckily Helena knows Spanish and talked to the locals. She found a department store that was open and helped me buy my new underwear. For all her help, Helena is awarded with my Righteous  Dude(ss) Award:

After this, we headed out of Pamplon and followed these Camino signs.

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As we left Pamplona and entered our final destination of Cizur Menor (about 5kms outside of Pamplona) I checked out this Knights Templar church.

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Here are our accommodations for the night.

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A Great Camino Story

Everybody has a story on why they are doing the Camino. Here is great one:

  • Cole is from Tucson, AZ and attends Northern Arizona University. His grandmother is 91 and is too old to do the Camino. So she asked Cole to do it for her.
  • Cole asked his best friend (Sam) to do it with him.
  • They are now traveling with us, but I doubt not for long since they are young and have a faster pace.
  • Helena and I invited them to dinner at a local bar. We decided to try the local speciality – hard cider.
  • The bartender showed us the proper way to pour the cider:

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Here is Cole showing us the proper way. (Don’t worry Grandma Cole, the cider is only 5% alcohol.)

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Not to be outdone, here is Sam giving it his best shot. NOTE: neither of them spilled a drop. I think they want the long pour to help release the CO2 in the cider… OR just to make the tourist look stupid 🙂

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Well it is time for sleep.

Today’s Thoughts

  • All of the hostels have a 10pm lights out policy. Which is good since most pilgrims get an early start ~7am.
  • Everybody says “BuenCamino” on the trail. I wonder how long this will last.
  • Today’s hike was not too bad – not a lot of climbing.

Cheers,

 

-jj

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3 thoughts on “Day 3 – Larrasoana to Pamplona

  1. Believe me, you are the better off by being ahead of the San Fermin posse. And I am sorry, you need to add in a short climb next time (!) to Zabaldika. You can check it out if you google Una pause en el camino. The store you found was El Corte Inglés. A refuge from the heat! Your photos are top class.

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  2. JJ, so glad you made it. Looks like I got to Santiago the day after you – I took 3 days off. I was talking with some friends in Fromista who mentioned JJ introducing some to coke and limoncello… “JJ?!” says I. We crossed paths at Bar Espana, but I didn’t realize it was you until later. Buen Camino my friend.

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