Today we travelled from Estella to Los Arcos a walk of about 21k, arriving about 1:30 pm. The landscapes considerable more moderate that we have experienced in the first few days of the Camino. We left Estella about 7:45 am, and arrived at Irache just before 8 am. There is wine fountain there that “turns on the tap” for pilgrims at 8am. Pilgrims can help themselves to a glass of wine, to toast their journey. It was Sunday today, no wine on Sundays! It was too early for us anyway!
We headed down the path to Villamayor de Monjardin about 6k, with a 225 meter elevation gain. It was through a forested area, and quite a beautiful walk.
It was a beautiful morning, on the camino. The trail between Azqueta and Villamayor de Monjardin is forested, and the canopy cover is a great break from the sun. After Villamayor de Monjardin, the landscape changes……
We left Villamayor de Monjardin about 10:30 am and headed west along the camino trail towards Los Arcros. The crops have been harvested, the path is dry, and as the sun gets higher in the sky it can be difficult to find inspiration for photos, but then I see the light coming through the grapes that are just about ready to be harvested.
Or I look and see the wind gently blowing the wild oats in the ditch, the sunlight flickering off seed heads, and I realized there is beauty to be seen everywhere.
It was a good day, we arrived at our location earlier than expected. We sat down at one of the local bars for a beer to cool our throats while we rested our feet, one of the people at the next table offered us some of their calamari, it was so delicious we had to order our own dish, a wonder lunch!
Tomorrow we are off to Viana….