Puente La Renia to Estella - 21.9 km

May 9
Lat: 42.671667 Long: -2.031667

I woke up at 5:50 a.m. and was ready to leave by 7 a.m. We were supposed to pick up our picnic breakfast in the lobby, but when we went to the lobby, no one was there so we just went up the street to a panaderia (bakery) and had a cup of coffee and pastry before heading out into the drizzle.

During the day we passed through a number of villages with populations ranging from 400 to 500. All of them had little bars/restaurants. We ate lunch in the village of Cirququi. After we finished eating and packed up, the skies opened up and the rain came down. I had to wear rain gear until just about Estella. Also, I wanted to mention that there is no need to carry much water. I've carried only a pint (1/2 liter) the entire trip since there are plenty of fountains to get water. I will advise as I progress.

We wandered around looking for a hotel for the night. We found an old hotel straight out of 50s. We checked it out and found it was clean but plain. My room even came with a pink bathroom including a bidet, which I have no idea how to use or any desire to learn.

After we cleaned up we went out to find something to eat but again dinner is only served after 7 p.m. The “Peregrinos” meals are your best value as they run about 9 to 11 euros, which includes a three-course meal ( appetizer, main course, and desert) along with a bottle of wine and bread. This was another good day in Spain.

More to follow as I head West toward Santiago. Buen Camino!

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