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Day 6: Hiking My Camino de Santiago

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

July 25, 2018


I don’t have much to report today. I left Estella to walk to Los Arcos this morning and took a photo of the Church next door. Four from the Fellowship left at 5:00 AM, I left around 6:30, and three others left later. That meant I didn’t have a hiking partner. And it seemed like there were a lot of people on the trail who preferred to walk alone.

There were times I walked with Paulene from France or Rob from the Netherlands. We would chat until there was a reason one moved ahead. Rob was battling blisters.


Speaking of blisters, I have had a couple on each big toe the last couple days. But I got a new one on the middle toe of my left foot. The good news is that they don’t hurt and don’t seem to impede me.


Physically, I feel good. Most of the soreness I have felt is substantially less.


Today’s walk was 14.74 miles. The guide book says the trail is 17.3 miles tomorrow but I always measure from door-to-door so it will most likely be longer. And since the other members of the Fellowship walked further today, I will be walking with whomever I meet on the trail and will meet the Fellowship tomorrow night. I decided to stick to my original plan. I will have longer days coming up when I should be stronger.


Good night! Life on the Camino is good.

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P.S. After I found a bed, washed my clothes, and found something to eat, I decided to record a three minute video providing an update after six days of walking. I copied the comments from Facebook to the "description" in this YouTube video.


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See additional photos from July 25th below:

Brief descriptions of the photos:

  1. This is the church outside the hotel where I stayed last night.

  2. This is a large marker along the trail leaving Estella.

  3. This is a wine fountain at the Irache monastery. Every day a limited amount of wine is available for free at this fountain. The plaque on the wall reads "Pilgrim, if you wish to arrive at Santiago full of strength and vitality, have a drink of this great wine and make a toast to happiness." I had a sip but I knew others who filled a bottle.

  4. This is a wine fountain at the Irache monastery. Every day a limited amount of wine is available for free at this fountain. The plaque on the wall reads "Pilgrim, if you wish to arrive at Santiago full of strength and vitality, have a drink of this great wine and make a toast to happiness." I had a sip but I knew others who filled a bottle.

  5. This is part of the Irache monastery.

  6. This is a view of part of the trail I walked today.

  7. This is a view from the trail.

  8. This is a view from the trail.

  9. This is a view of the trail I walked today.

  10. This is a view from the trail.

  11. This is a view of the trail I walked today.

  12. This is a view of the trail I walked today.

  13. This is a view of a cafe in a village outside of a church.

  14. This is a small portable cafe along the trail.

  15. This is a view of the trail I walked today.

  16. This is a church in Los Arcos.

  17. This is the entrance to the church in Los Arcos.

  18. Here are the clothes I wore on today's walk that I hand washed and hung out of the window of my room to dry.


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