What a day! We walked out of Cizur Menor at 6.45 this morning and arrived at our destination at 4.30 this afternoon. A long day but one full of adventure and surprises.
Last things first, especially for Phil, we are delighted to tell you that tonight we are staying at Albergue Maralotx in Cirauqui. You told us that it was your favourite albergue of your Camino - scoring 11 out of 10 - so despite the challenges of today, we walked on to experience your recommendation for ourselves. You will not be surprised to read that we are thrilled to be here.
As I write this post we are enjoying a vino in the bar and looking forward to dinner at the albergue. We'll be joined by a gorgeous American couple, Glenn and Sheryl, from Minnesota. We shared the dorm room (and dinner) with them last night and let them know we were walking on, past the popular stopping point of Puenta la Reina to Ciriquoi. We were delighted when they arrived half an hour after us.
As well as the dormitory rooms, the albergue had two doubles, each with ensuite. We took them both so we each have our own double room tonight. Woo hoo! We will publish a separate post with photos of the albergue and our gorgeous rooms.
... Back after a wonderful dinner to find that we can't get Internet access tonight, so I will cut short today's post and publish when I am able to - apologies if it is late getting to you. So much happened today amid the rain and mud, but will let the pictures tell the story - of just the first few hours up to Alto del Perdon.
Thank you to Sharon, Kat, Connie, Marian, Jan, Warwick, Cathy, Sue, Yvonne, Julie, Robert, Martin and NINA (Jenny's wonderful Camino friend from 2011) for your comments and emails.
And a special message for Ainsley. We were thrilled to hear from Martin that you are tracking our Camino by each village and town in the big Atlas. Can't wait to see it when we get back. Thank you.
Til next time
Hasta Luego, amigos
Jenny and Jill xx