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Date: Sun, Apr 26th, 2015
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Selfie in front of Range of Big Hills
I slept really well in the monastery "cell" and woke up about 6:00 am when people started to move about. But there was no opportunity to sleep in because soon after one of the wardens came around telling everyone to get up. I'd heard they wanted us all to leave early but I was a little surprised the hints were so blatant. It seemed a little odd that they would force everyone on the trail at the same time and cause a bit of a traffic jam. The weather was nowhere near as nice as yesterday and the rain started at about the time I got on the trail. I did stop at a cafe and get a little breakfast which was a lot less petite than yesterday. But I still haven't figured out how to ask for a large cup of coffee. What I got today after asking for a black coffee was about a third of a cup but it was very strong and I enjoyed it.
They trail started off very flat as it meandered through the town and then a load of farms. Later on as the weather got worse there were some hills but nothing on the scale of yesterday. After an hour or so the crowd did thin out a bit and the majority of traffic was now mountain bikers. They were very respectful of the hikers giving us a warning as they approached and a "buen Camino" greeting as they passed by. I did go past a sign that had names for a range of big hills - they didn't look big enough to be mountains - and I did take a picture but it didn't show up very well with the lousy weather. I then tried a selfie of the same views and that came out a lot better and I've included it. A little further on there was a nice view on the other side of the trail that I've also included although you can see how overcast and hazy it was.
After going through a couple of small villages I got to the town of Zubiri just before noon, a distance of 22 km from Roncesvalles. The guidebook has the Camino Frances broken up into 33 segments averaging about 25 km each. Zubiri was the end of the second segment. I decided to go further and get out of the guidebook pattern so I had a lunch that was really excellent and then pressed on. The rain was still threatening so I kept the raingear on even though I was getting too hot - the usual problem. I went past a nice waterfall and then the trail followed the River Arga on which there was a weir that created a nice river view also included. Then I came to the small town of Zuriain. I stopped at the hostel/bar/restaurant and meet a nice couple from England who live in Ramsgate which is the area that Ann is from.
I was now up to 32 km for the day and a respectable 650 m of vertical so I decided to stay at the hostel, which was the only one in town. It turned out to be a good decision because I got all my laundry done by machine by the owner. Then, a thunderstorm came over and it poured down for a while, but I was under cover drinking a beer by then. The rain had now been steady for a couple of hours and the forecast is rain throughout the night and most of tomorrow. After that clouds and then more rain for the next week. I'm hoping we'll get some sun eventually. I'm now finishing this entry with a fine bottle of wine and dinner on it's way. It's a tough life.
The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.