Day 06 - Pamplona to Puente la Reina

Date: May 10, 2015

Location: From: Pamplona To: Puente la Reina

Mileage: 23.8 km 

Weather: Beautiful but again hot… In a heat wave

Temperature: 80s F°

Lodging and Cost: Hostel Bidean 60€ for a double 

GPS Location: ’42.672328” N and ’ -1.813512” W

Highlights: Alto del Perdon Statues and the views from it. City of Puente la Reina and the bridge.

Summary of the Day:

Yesterday was a hot day so we decided that we better leave even earlier so we got up at 5:00 a.m. to beat the heat as it could be a long day. It was really cool as we walked through the streets of Pamplona before the sun came up. It is a sleepy town that early, as well as it should be, because they were going strong at 3:00 this morning. In spite of all the partying that was going on in the street, there was absolutely no trash or bottles laying around. I never cease to be amazed at how they live here. They work hard, they play hard and yet family seems to always come first.

We walked across town and out to the university up into the mountains. Our first climb was to climb Alto del Perdon, where the iron statues are. Took a long break there and drank a lot of water and ate an orange. After about an hour pushed down the other side and on to Uterga where we stopped to have café con leche. I stopped here two years ago when I passed through then. It is a great stop. It’s in a good location with nothing before and nothing after. You know what they say in business, it’s location, location, location.

After a good break it was the push to Puente la Reina and to the hostel. This hostel is a real bargain for 60€, as it not only includes the lodging but also a three-course dinner and breakfast. It also has good Wifi. It does appear that the crowds are starting to grow along the trail. Not too many Americans, but the Australians and the Asians are growing in number as well. The number of bicycle folks have also increased and from the sounds of their voices as they fly by seems to be French.

It was a good day although it was hot. Got to the hotel by noon and cleaned up and went out to see the town before dinner. I’m hoping that tomorrow will be cooler but that isn't being called for so we’ll probably leave early again. At least there has been no rain since we started, but I’m sure it will come. Will update again tomorrow. As always, Buen Camino.

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