Estella to Los Arcos

Day Forty Eight. 13.1 Miles, 21.1 Kilometers.

Written on June 6, 2012.

Every evening we look at our guidebooks to see how to prepare for the next day. We determine where water fountains may be and how far apart they are. If I know there will be water fountains I can have a lighter load that day. When looking over today’s route we realized that there was an alternative that offered more shade and a shorter route. I am glad we chose this way. Once we moved from the alternative route and rejoined the main route we walked hours and hours without shade. There was one water fountain so we filled up. I now put a buff (scarf) on my head and pour water on it.

Bodegas Irache Winery Wine Font.

This wine font is not far from Estella. The wine is free. Many Pilgrims put some in a small cup. It is a big attraction and talked about for miles.

There were so few places for shade today that many Pilgrims told each other where to find it and many people huddled close under the shade to make room for others.

On the hilltop in the distance is: Ruins of Castillo de San Esteban.

Every few miles there was a complete change in scenery from cliff walls, poppy fields, hay fields, castle ruins and small villages.

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