Day 5 – Puente La Reina to Estella, 16.43 miles
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.