Walking West – Presents

Day 5 – Puente La Reina to Estella, 16.43 miles


Leaving Puente La Reina
Cirauqui, my favorite view.
Fall harvest!
Fall harvest!
One of the gifts to myself today, happy birthday to me!

Walking 16+ miles alone through western Navarra seems a strange way to celebrate a birthday, but it’s the way I did this year. And the day was a real struggle for me. Looking back, I believe the funk was because I was under-caffeinated and hangry, both the result of leaving too early. I wasn’t properly caffeinated and fed until 10:30am. Apologies to anyone I may have snapped or snarled at along the way.

I made it to Estella and rewarded myself with a private room (good, snore-less sleep), machine-washed clothing (no more swampy smells), a gourmet hamburger (recommended by a young Croatian friend, wasn’t sure he was a credible source, but he was right!), and a blueberry cheesecake served in a cup.

The day ended well…lesson learned; sleep in a little longer, leave later, drink more coffee early, and eat at least one Napolitana de Chocolate.


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