Urdaniz to Pamplona – 18kms
After my wonderful pep talks from everyone, I got up in the morning with only a couple of hours sleep, pulled on my big girl pants and headed off with determination.
This lasted all of 2kms. My legs felt more and more like cement and I recognised I was taking half the step I normally did.
BC had gone ahead and more and more people were passing me, but none of that bothered me. It was actually nice having the time on my own and not worrying about bringing someone else down.
The heaviness in my legs though was really troubling. Pamplona was only 18kms, but at half steps, this would take hours.
Add to this the continual walking on loose rocks and it was all painful. The paths were full of them. Who would have thought Spain was so rocky? At one point though, I was looking at the rocks on the ground and realised, they’d been put there deliberately. For our benefit! Are they nuts?
I was climbing up a hill and I started talking to Bree, telling her I was in trouble and I could do with something, anything to get me through.
At that moment, I entered a gap in the trees and stopped to look back at the view and as clear as day, I had a voice in my left ear that said “You’re on the Camino Mum.”
I started howling.
Once I finally pulled myself together, the heaviness left my legs and I started moving, like really moving. And just like that, I was inserted back into the beauty of the Camino.
And always at the right moment, the oasis appears. This time a lovely cafe by the river where I enjoyed a second breakfast before Tom from Missouri arrived.
With my slow pace, Tom and I walked to Pamplona together.
Falling into a bar and getting a cold drink, we were lucky to find an apartment to share as once again, everything was booked. Before discovering this was still a 45min walk away!
Despite my poor start, a fabulous shower and I felt okay enough to go visit the cathedral and do a small bit of wandering around Pamplona and picked up some drugs for my throat.
On the road again tomorrow. It’s good to be back.