Saturday, September 24, 2022

Day 3 Roncesvalles to Zubiri, September 24, 2022

I didn’t seem to sleep but I haven’t felt tired so I guess I must have.  There were about 40 of us in the room and I didn’t hear a single snorer!  I hate nights like that when it feels like you’ve been awake all night.  Breakfast was great - cheese, ham, coffee, juice and apples - the best so far.  

I found the real sign in Roncesvalles; it’s not in Saint Jean Pied de Port.  This walk is even longer than I thought -

Roncesvalles to Zubiri is 3*s of difficulty.  The last 2 days were 5*s.  Tomorrow is only 1*.  Yeah!

I was on the road by 7:30 and the first few km were downhill through a forest and very fast.  I loved it-

Along the way-

All day, the only thing I have to do is walk so I set an intention and it was to not rush the walk but take my time, take it all in and enjoy it.  Well, easier said than done!  What I realized today is that the farthest I’ve ever walked at one time is 18 holes of golf.  I’ve never just gone for a really long walk and if I had, chances are I wouldn’t be doing the camino!  Today was a long day of 21.4 km but I think km in Spain is really miles, at least it sure felt like it towards the end.  I’m not sure about my feet either.  There are some worn spots, but there usually are. I hope they’re better in the morning.  I’m so insane that with 2.4 km remaining to get to Zubiri, I was considering walking another 5 km to Larrasoaña but after 2 km of rocks-

N.O. Rambo.  What was I thinking?  

Once in Zubiri there’s a gorgeous bridge called La Puente de la Rabia - the Rabies Bridge.  There are 2 legends about it.  One is that the bridge could cure rabies if the animal crossed it three times.  Another is it could cure anger in people if they made 3 rotations in the water around the central pillar.  I don’t have an animal with rabies nor am I angry so I guess I’ll never know if they are true!

Along the route I ran into Marjanne and we are checked into a great albergue - 

I even have a warm fuzzy blanket and the wifi is superb!  

Looking forward?? to tomorrow!

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