6 th sept Puenta de Reina to estella

4.09 hrs
18 km
32 Deg heat

Walked out of village early 7 am just before sunrise and it was lovely and cool.
The weatherman ( has to be a man as got it wrong) 29 and cloudy.
Worryingly there were no clouds in the sky.
We walked through a few medieval villages ,really lovely wooden doors and churches with beautiful masonry. As the sun rose it got hotter and hotter. Past a young couple who were walking with the hairiest dog you could image. Quite funny and dad as it kept going into what little shade there was and not moving, which I didn’t blame him.
Walked past an olive grove managed by a lovely young totnesy man who brought it off the farmer when he worked there and now lives in the orchard? But has a little stall where pilgrims can buy refreshments, melon yum.
It was getting hotter and the chalky paths reflecting heat again ,so we decided to get to next village as it was lunch time, have a bite to eat and get a taxi the last 9 km. A lovely German lady we keep meeting asked if she could share as the heat was too much for her too.
Arrived early to hostetia de curtidores which happened to be an old tannery right by a beautiful river.

4 thoughts on “6 th sept Puenta de Reina to estella”

  1. Margaret Marshall

    Seems all going well Jenny, except for the heat … can appreciate you getting the taxi for the last stage with temp still high. While we did walk this stage, we had a kind offer from a guy who drove our packs to Estella, it was such a relief to walk unencumbered! Hope you don’t miss the free wine at Irache on your next stage!

  2. Hi Jenny, well done. Must be extra hard in the kind of heat your experiencing. Good move on taxi! Thought I’d send you David’s whytes poem. I know you’ve read it umpteen times, but thought it might be lovely to read it now on the path, in a quiet moment of exhaustion, but in the moment, at the end of a day.

    The road seen, then not seen, the hillside
    hiding then revealing the way you should take,
    the road dropping away from you as if leaving you
    to walk on thin air, then catching you, holding you up,
    when you thought you would fall,
    and the way forward always in the end
    the way that you followed, the way that carried you
    into your future, that brought you to this place,
    no matter that it sometimes took your promise from you,
    no matter that it had to break your heart along the way:
    the sense of having walked from far inside yourself
    out into the revelation, to have risked yourself
    for something that seemed to stand both inside you
    and far beyond you, that called you back
    to the only road in the end you could follow, walking
    as you did, in your rags of love and speaking in the voice
    that by night became a prayer for safe arrival,
    so that one day you realized that what you wanted
    had already happened long ago and in the dwelling place
    you had lived in before you began,
    and that every step along the way, you had carried
    the heart and the mind and the promise
    that first set you off and drew you on and that you were
    more marvelous in your simple wish to find a way
    than the gilded roofs of any destination you could reach:
    as if, all along, you had thought the end point might be a city
    with golden towers, and cheering crowds,
    and turning the corner at what you thought was the end
    of the road, you found just a simple reflection,
    and a clear revelation beneath the face looking back
    and beneath it another invitation, all in one glimpse:
    like a person and a place you had sought forever,
    like a broad field of freedom that beckoned you beyond;
    like another life, and the road still stretching on…….

    Blessings on the way to you all.

  3. Hi Margaret
    Yep defo wearing a hat. In fact too hot to walk so we are walking till 2 and busing or taxi if we are not at destination. We had to book all the way through as so many people here. In fact many people who did not book are sleeping doorways and parks . Thank goodness I booked but the sacrifice that we have to bus sometimes. Very different to when we walked with lots of pop up cafes and many more accommodation. I’m glad we walked when we did. Many of the paths now are graveled.

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