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Day 3 Camino de Santiago: Uterga to Estella

September 3, 2016:

We leave at the crack of dawn to beat the heat today and find the path surrounded by tall plants that look and smell like dill. 
As we proceed down our path we hear the hum of paragliders as they entertain us with dips and swerves making the moment seem surreal. (Included in the video at the bottom of this post.)hennings-1010613eDelicious wild black raspberries are a treat along the trail.

hennings-1010652eThe Romanesque 11th century bridge at Puenta la Reina (The Queen’s Bridge) owes its foundation to Queen Doña Mayor who had the bridge built over the river Arga.hennings-1010699eThis old Roman road is said to be the most important stretch of Roman road left on the French Way. My mind wanders imagining centuries of use and here I am in this moment, right here, right now. Mind boggling…
hennings-1010668eWe take a lunch break next to a water fountain and enjoy the entertaining company of a group from Italy as we communicate using charades and the English skills of the young woman on the right. Why are Italians always so much fun? I may need to go to Italy some day to discover this phenomenon.hennings-1010707e2The final leg of the day proves to be challenging as the high temps and lack of shade takes its toll. Our survival strategy is shade hopping as we slog our way under the hot sun and take short breaks under the shade of the occasional small tree.

 Aa-a-a-r-r-r-g-g-g-h-h-h… So hot!

We are too slow today and there are no beds for us in Lorca, but an outgoing character from Amsterdam is at the bar highly recommending Oceana Youth Hostel in Estella.  Better pick up the pace so we can find nice cozy beds. At this point, cozy isn’t even necessary… just a bed will do.

Top three photo picks of the day:

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Day 2: Pamplona to Uterga / Where the path of the wind crosses that of the stars.

September 2, 2016:  We (Joan, Randy & Joyce) leave Pamplona shortly after sunrise and find the early morning streets fairly quiet. (Short video of the day at the bottom of this post)

ALERT!!! Joan and Randy possibly witness an ATM scammer at work this morning with a Camino bicyclist as his victim and it reminds us to always be aware of people nearby when using these technologies and don’t use a machine if you view anything suspicious. Click on this link: How to avoid ATM fraud while traveling for some useful information when withdrawing cash. 2016camino-1010492dmv Also, be sure to alert your bank as to where you will be traveling so they are aware of your activity. Shout out to the fabulous customer service, while we are traveling, from our local DNB National Bank in Clear Lake/Gary, South Dakota. You are definitely an important part of our adventures.2016camino-1010505dmvSo much history… It was in this area that Charlemagne’s Christian forces defeated Aigolando’s Muslim army in the 8th century. 2016camino-1010516dmvRuins of Guendulain palace are visible from the path, but I am having trouble finding historical background of the palace. There is a hotel in Pamplona by that name –  Palacio Guendulain.  If someone has a link to its history, please leave a comment  The plowed field in the foreground is interesting as it is almost totally made up of rocks which must be hard on equipment.
2016camino-1010550dmvAs we approach the summit of Alto del Perdon (Hill of Forgiveness), we discover that there is ambulance service on the mountain and feel fortunate to not need their services. The high temperatures combined with the climb and lack of shade are certainly taking a toll on pilgrims.2016camino-1010586dmvplCheck this off the “Bucket List”:  On the summit of Alto del Perdon is an iconic sculpture dedicated to all the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago. The long metal sculpture representing pilgrims on foot and on horse reflects the historical and eternal nature of the walk. There is a Spanish inscription on it “donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas” meaning “Where the path of the wind crosses that of the stars.”  ~caminodesantiago.com

2016camino-1010588dmvBeautiful views as we look back towards Pamplona, but what goes up must go down, and we carefully make our way down the steep descent.  One wrong move and the hike is done.  The unfortunate and injured pilgrim would need to be picked up after rolling down to the bottom. It wouldn’t be pretty and I’m sure tears would be involved.

Top three photo picks of the day:2016camino-1010539dmv

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Short video link below of today’s hike.

The adventure begins…

September 1, 2016: Unfinished business awaits us as we begin our 2016 Camino de Santiago trek across northern Spain. We previously completed Astorga to Santiago and St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Zubiri, Spain, so it appears we have a little over 300 miles remaining. Click on the short “kick off” video as we begin our journey…

We stumble upon the Parish Church of Santa Lucia which has lived through the invasion of the Moors, the Spanish Inquisition, Napoleon’s crossing of the Pyrenees, two world wars and the Spanish Civil War.

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It is rumored to be a Templar church and symbols contained in and around the building seem to confirm this. Few records exist so piecing the building’s story together is quite a challenge ~the abbey.es

The intent was to stay in Arre tonight but we seemed to have bypassed the path through that particular town and, before you know it, we’ve gone 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) and find ourselves in downtown Pamplona. Oh, well… plan B will be just fine and we have a head start on our hike tomorrow. We settle into our little room above a small bar and rest our weary bones.

Below are today’s top three photo picks:

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A long walk

Click, click, click, the sticks

Rhythm of the path while walking

Lost yet found in thought

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Image by Joyce Meyer taken on the Camino de Santiago near Burguete, Spain.

I walk…

Click, click, click… walking sticks

The rhythm of the path and breath

Lost yet found in thought

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Image by Joyce Meyer along the Camino de Santiago between Roncesvalles and Zuburi, Spain.

 

 

 

We are not alone…

Blended image by Joyce Meyer
Blended image by Joyce Meyer

 

 

All you need is love…

~ The Beatles

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Blended photography by Joyce Meyer

The couple captured in this image appear so passionate for one another and oblivious to the world around them. Photo was taken  in Salamanca, Spain with a little point and shoot camera.  Nothing fancy.  Blended in Photoshop CS5 with prairie grasses captured against the summer sun.

Yep… all you need is love.

Buen Camino via Kaiser Kreations

Shout out to the wonderful custom artistry of Leon Kaiser of Kaiser Kreations hidden away near the historic Gateway to the WestGary, South Dakota.  Thank you, Kaiser Kreations!  You are a gifted artist and we appreciate your talents.

kaiser-6408dmvcrThis piece of metal art is 12″ X 12″ of 1/8 inch metal and will hang on our wall along with our enlarged photos from this adventure.The lines make up the scallop shell which is the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, a backpacking pilgrimage across northern Spain dating back to the Middle Ages.  I asked Leon to also include three crosses  to symbolize our Christian faith. The words at the bottom are the common greeting among hikers along the Camino de Santiago and means good path or good journey.

This 500 mile walking pilgrimage  allows for unique life experiences while exploring history and culture and has become a personal favorite experience for us.

Take a peek at their designs at Kaiser Kreations on Facebook. (Click on link)

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.  ~ I Peter 4:10