Lovely day. Walked from Pamplona to Obanos with a 2.5 k detour to see the XII c octagonal church at Eunate. Looked quite large from afar, but really quite small.
It was closed when we arrived, but they opened it for 5 minutes because several pilgrims showed up. Very light, simple. Good to sit and be thankful for this great experiance.
Didn’t eat breakfast in Pamplona and the mercado was closed, so didn’t get fruit. Not to worry!! Grazed along the way on yummy, yummy figs, blackberries,and – most fun – fresh almonds from a tree overhanging the path. We found a flat rock and cracked them open with another rock. Kept us happy for a while and others stopping and joining in.
Up over another (VERY windy) pass lined with windmills generating electricity. (Same white blades that move through the port of Olympia. Tons of windmills in this whole area).
Fantastc view to the north of Pamplona and to the south across the valley to Puente la Reina, both dotted with small towns, usually on hilltops.
Happy to see a van at the top selling potato tortilla sandwiches & zumo de naranga (OJ) & coffee to the under-prepared! Great to sit and eat, enjoy the wind and magnificent views, once again surrounded by hundreds of tiny saffron crocuses.
Walked through farms of asparagus, sunflowers, corn, with personal kitchen gardens tucked in here and there. Flattish with gently rounded, treed hillocks.
Day for accidents. On the flat Michelle tripped and badly scraped her arm and one knee; Sieglinde tripped in about the same place and badly blacked her forehead and eye; the wind blew a heavy umbrella over on Romayne, an Irish woman who shared our table at dinner; Werner walked into the glass doors of the albergue and broke his nose!
25 Sep 2009