Camino: A Long Day
I’ve enjoyed the company of a group of peregrinas (women pilgrims) for the last two days. Yesterday evening we discussed the lofty goal of walking all the way to the charming village of Los Arcos today. It would be my longest day so far: 28.6 km (17.8 miles).
We set out walking with views of grand vistas across farm fields in the early morning sun. We got to the larger town of Estella, a very pretty place with tons of history.
Not long after, we stopped at Fuente del Vino, a fountain of wine given free to the Peregrinos passing by. It is customary to take a sip from a Camino shell to bless your journey.
The walk today was spectacular, and I never seem to tire of it day after day. I walked with two other women today. We hike up and over a hilltop, watching the farm fields go slowly by.
My two friends attend to a developing painful blister. The woman on the left is practically an expert now, having dealt already with blisters on both her heels that were staggeringly large. They apply foot tape, put on fresh socks, and we are on our way again.
We pass a wonderful tiny church in a tiny village, Luquin, where I briefly pop in to say a quick Pilgrim prayer. As we pass through, a man tending his garden hails us and hands us each a juicy, sweet fresh fig. As they say, the Camino provides!
I arrived after the long hiking day at around 3:30pm, checked into an albergue, had a wonderful hot shower, washed out a few pieces of clothing, and had dinner at a cafe later in the town square with a group of pilgrims from England, Ireland, Sweden and the US.
The magnificent church bells rang at 7:30pm signaling a service inside. I went in for the recitation on the Hail Mary prayers in the Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncíon. The altar is almost blinding in the gold and the statues are amazing. Just another common church along the Camino!
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