Updated with photos and a video May 10, 2012
So here the 4 of us were in a restaurant in Pamplona. I threw out the idea of hanging in the city and then taking a bus or taxi to hook back up with them the next night in whatever city they might stop in. The point being that I could enjoy my rest day in Pamplona and keep my Camino family unbroken. Then Jim threw out the idea of Audrey hanging back and doing the same. Done and done.
But as it turns out Pamplona isn’t such a big city with so much to see, so after getting breakfast and walking around for a while we checked in to a modern hostel named ‘Jesus & Maria’. Then we bought things to make dinner and breakfast since the place had a kitchen. The rest of the day was spent resting, reading, facebooking and getting ready to meet back up with Jim and Franz the next night in Cirauqua.
Since we went to bed at 9pm, we were walking out the door by 6:45am. Audrey was having some knee pain so we decided to take a bus/taxi to a little town at the bottom of the hill called Urtega. This would make the day 15km of relatively flat terrain instead of 27 of which was a lot of downhill. So while walking through Urtega I looked to my left and saw two familiar faces. It was Franz and Jim. Audrey and I couldn’t escape them if we tried. I guess it we were meant to walk together. And so we did. It was a blustery but beautiful day the countryside. The long green grass looked like ocean waves that went on for miles.
Around 2pm we landed in Cirauqua which is a really unique mountain village with a hostel, church and supermarket. I’m lame – I didn’t take any pictures this day, but Google does a fine job. After a nice afternoon rest the hostess made a fantastic and huge dinner that caused me to fall asleep by 10pm.
I woke up at 5am and decided that today was the day I would walk alone and meet the others in Estella. They landscape was pretty similar to the day before and this caused me to walk so quickly that I arrived in Estella at 10:30 am, 2 hours before the hostel opened. I grabbed something to eat and explored. Promptly at 12:30 I greeted the hostess at the door. I was the first one of the day. So, as of now the others have not showed up. I didn’t realize what a big city this was so I hope they find me, but if not, I’ll just see them tomorrow in Los Arcos…I hope…