Camino Day 4 - Pamplona to Puenta la Reina - 14.8 miles
Today was awesome! We woke up early around 5:30, had breakfast, and hit the trail by 7:00. The first half of the day was pretty easy going, though admittedly we started off a bit stiff. Hiking out of Pamplona was uncomfortable as pavement is hard on the feet, but fortunately that was only for a mile or so. After that, it was back into majestic Spanish farmland. Winding our way through wheat fields and pastures, past farmhouses and wildflowers, today was picturesque.
Our only obstacle was a mountain, one of the last in the Pyranees, the Camino a golden thread winding through emerald fields up the face, it's ridgeline adorned with spinning windmills. It was a nice midday challenge, though the descent down the opposite side was complicated by a bafflingly foolish decision to densely cover the ground in baseball sized stones, making the path slow going and painful, even through our boots.
Once over that it was more rural country, weaving in and out of small villages consisting of little more than a dozen or so buildings, the path lined with fig trees and wild poppies for the final five miles.
We've arrived now in the small town of Puenta la Reina and, having gotten cleaned up a bit, are looking forward to finding a beer or three and some tapas. Tomorrow it's on to Estella!