DAY 3: August 26
Roncesvalles to Zubiri (21.5km)
Yet another day of challenging walking. Again lots of uphill on narrow pathways. Much of the pilgrims’ route followed where there would be churches or monasteries for food and shelter. These structures tend to be on hilltops so we are constantly climbing and descending. The Erro River is below or alongside us and we enjoy its sound. We eat a good breakfast before starting out and find we are not hungry along the way but our thirst is incredible and we drink prodigious amounts of water. For long stretches of this route it seems we are the only travellers. Each pilgrim sets his/her own pace. When there is a shaded spot to rest often there will be others there. Helpful hints, personal stories and Camino related health issues (usually foot and bowel) are exchanged. We are fortunate—so far all is well. It is good how fellow travellers look out for one another. Several our age have now opted to have their bags transported and carry day packs as we do.
We arrive weary in Zubiri. The dinner menu offers “bull in sauce” and “pig’s cheek”. Fortunately there are other choices. This area is renowned for ham in every form. Dad is delighted. OUR ROOM HAS A BATHTUB!!! So-o-o nice:-)