Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Cloister in Los Arcos on the Camino de Santiago

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day Four - Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Day Four – May 19th – Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 22.4km plus accrued ascent 1.3km

The Royal Collegial Church of St. Mary. Roncesvalles.

I was disappointed to find the Church closed before breakfast (7.30am) the following day. I had awoken at 4.20 am and could not get back to sleep. At 5.40am I looked out the window and espied a pilgrim leaving the village of Roncesvalles in the dark with a little red lamp attached to the back of his hood. While I grew to appreciate the value of leaving early, I thought this was simply insane.

I should not be too hard on Roncesvalles. It has a certain brooding beauty. And we did get to visit the Romanesque Chapel of the Holy Spirit and the Silo de Charlemagne. And the guide was very pretty with dark blue eye and dark hair and gave us the names of restaurants in Pamplona which we promptly forgot.

Its a long way to Santiago....

After breakfast, with the help of a German solo cyclist, we took photos of the road sign – 790 km to Santiago. Come to think of it we had already travelled 25km at this stage not allowing for climbing…

We made our way through the lovely forest to Burguete where Fraser and Pat took the decision to follow the camino on the main road. Taking their chances with articulated lorries they proceeded down the N 135. Dan Barry and I took refuge in the safety of the leafy lanes that took us to Espinal where we were rejoined by our dust covered companions.

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