Day 5: Akerreta to Cizur Menor

Today we walked 12.3 miles (19.8 km) in 6 hours and 45 minutes, including breaks and lunch.

Sunshine!

We finally got a break from the rain and mud today! We walked from Akerreta, through Pamplona, to Cizur Menor.

Starting off the day in Akerreta, we had sunshine and still a few light showers and mud to deal with, but it soon got better.
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Coming into the suburbs of Pamplona, it was a bit strange to be walking through so much “civilization” again.
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Pamplona:
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The Running of the Bulls isn’t until July, so we settled for a picture in front of the statue. :-)
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Pamplona had these metal Camino markers along the route through the city.
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After lunch in Pamplona, we were off again, headed to the next small town, Cizur Menor, about 3 miles (5 km) further on.
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Our albergue, the Mirabel Roncal, named after the woman who owns it. Apparently she looks after the feet of pilgrims with blisters, but luckily we’re doing fine. We haven’t had a single blister all the way back to the beginning of our training in January. :-)
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I would write more, but I’m worn out for today. Maybe I’ll be more talkative tomorrow. Enjoy the pictures. :-)

-Russell

Kathey here, with a few words to say for a change. :-) I realized today how ironic it was that before we left Dallas I had a panic attack about the possibility of having to stay overnight in a small town with limited food options because we couldn’t walk the vast distances each day between major towns. Then today I insisted we walk 3 extra miles past Pamplona to get to a small town. I’ve found that the small towns have everything I need and are so much friendlier and hospitable. At home, I’m a self-proclaimed “city girl” but out here I love the peaceful, rural way of life. Walking the Camino is a powerful experience even after just a few days.

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4 thoughts on “Day 5: Akerreta to Cizur Menor

  1. Hurrah for some sunshine! I hope you see more of it during the rest of your trip.

  2. My wife and I stayed at the same alburgue when we walked in 2011. You are right, the lady there took care of my wife’s blisters ( luckily I didn’t get any during our journey) and showed her how to care for them and properly lace her boots. Nice alburgue

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