Cizur Menor to De Puente la Reina - 21 Km

May 8
Lat: 42.671944 Long: -1.813611

I woke up this morning at 5:50 am, but didn't get up until 6 when the church bells began to ring. All the towns seem to have the church bells ring at 6 a.m., which is good because everyone gets up and starts getting packed to leave. We left the albergue by 6:30 a.m., had breakfast at the restaurant across the street and was on the trail by 7 a.m. The weather was a little overcast with light sprinkles during the day but nothing to require rain gear. It was in the upper 50s in the mornings and low to mid 70s by the afternoon.

The really only uphill for the day was up to Alto del Perdon known as the "Hill of forgiveness." The summit has many iron representations of medieval pilgrims and a good photo opportunity with 360 degree views of the valleys below. (My guidebook describes it as a difficult climb, but in reality, it's not that difficult.) After the climb and the descent, we were heading on to the little town of Uterga where we were going to get a cup of "cafe con leche," (coffee with cream). From there Hawk and I separated from Little Pony and headed off to the Eunate church; Little Pony went on directly to Puente la Reina where she was going to secure lodging for the night.

The Eunate church is where the Knights Templer, who were linked with the church, would defend the pilgrims on their journey to Santiago. It is a 12th Century Romanesque Church of Santa Maria de Eunate. This requires a 2.8 Km detour but is well worth the time and distance.

After visiting the church we headed the last 4.4 Km to Puente La Reina and found Little Pony where she had secured us rooms at the Hostel Bidean. It is much like a hotel in that you have your own room, but isn't a four-star hotel with the 50 euros price. It's about 35 euros and generally includes dinner and sometimes breakfast. The albergue usually charges 10 to 12 euros per night, and the hostel usually has a price around 35 to 40 euros, but provides dinner and breakfast the next morning.

We got cleaned up and went to see what the town had to offer. At the end of the street is a river where you can cross the famous Puente de Arga, which was renamed “The Queens Bridge” in honor of Dona Mayor, wife of Sancho III. At 7 p.m. we went to dinner, which was included in the cost of the room. It was a nice clean place to stay.

It was a good day of walking with a lot of good views.

More to follow. Buen Camino!

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