We stopped in for a morning coffee and croissant before heading out of Pamplona. Pamplona had been good to us and we were once again sad to say goodbye.
Jeanie had great energy and was excited to hit the trail. As we wound our way out of the city, we ahhh-ed at the wind turbines speckling the distant hills, not realizing those were the same towering turbines we would be standing under hours later. The parks and pavement of the city turned once more to gravelly paths as we walked by sunflower fields whos glory days had passed. Nonetheless Jeanie was gifted a beautiful yellow flower by a fellow traveler that truly made her day.
As the morning’s wind turbines loomed larger still, Jeanie’s blood sugar started going high as well. We made it to the alto de perdon (the Hill of Forgiveness), a famous rested point along the ridge line of the mountains. We enjoyed chatting with fellow travelers and letting the mountain breeze cool our bodies. It was truly a moment where we wished for 360 vision, but we settled for turning in slow circles, taking in the panoramic views. A steep and lengthy descent brought us further along The Way. The heat was fierce and it was the hottest day so far. Despite adjustments Jeanie’s levels persisted high, which she attributed to the high strain of the day. It wasn’t the steepest mountain we had climbed, but it was lengthy. Depending on the incline of the descent, sometimes going down a mountain can be just as challenging. And this was one of those days. We stopped in at an albergue just off the path to enjoy some diet sodas and shade. Jeanie has been careful to always order diet sodas so as not to affect her blood glucose levels. Sometimes this has taken extra communication to make sure we get it right, but it is a necessary clarification!
We were now in high afternoon heat but continued on, making sure to hydrate with every chance we got. We passed through a few more towns and some astounding lush vegetable gardens. If we had walked the path with our eyes closed we could have told you what was contained in each of the sections we walked by, as the vegetables smells were so distinct and rich. We reached our destination and quickly crashed on our beds. We showered, found some food, and then really made our way to bed. Another 13 mile day meets us tomorrow and we are sure we will be ready when it comes!