San Pedro 12 century cloister
San Pedro de la Rúa with its beautiful 12 century cloister

The Breakfast

After a well deserve first weekend of rest I was ready to tackle the next leg of the Camino. Breakfast could not come sooner. Though, breakfast at Bidean Puente de la Reina was not something to write home about. It was dry toasted bread with jam and coffee. While somewhat unenthusiastically eating the dry toasted bread with jam and washing it down with coffee, Sheamus and his wife came down for breakfast. We acknowledge each other politely.

The Old Bridge and Old Roman Road

Old Roman Bridge

An Old Bridge built by the Romans. Rome occupied Hispania from 200 BC—500 AC.

One of the best treats on this leg of the journey was walking over a restored Roman Bridge and on an original Roman Road. Both were just outside Cirauqui. I couldn’t find out how old the Roman Bridge was nor when the Roman Road was build. However, we do know Rome occupied, then, Hispania from about 200 BC to 500 AC. The Bridge and the Road is very old—older than the churches I have visited so far.

Old Roman Road beside an olive grove

The Old Roman Road beside the Olive Grove.

It is quite something to think I walked across a bridge made by the hands of, most probably, slaves. Also, just think how many people have walked across this bridge over the many-many years it stood guard over the land. I was impressed with the Roman Road as well. It was interesting to see the workmanship that went into its construction. The stones were carefully laid out to form squares.

I am sure this was a very good road 1,800 or 2,000 years ago. Though, technological wonder that it was, walking on the stones didn’t do any favours to my feet. However, the Roman Road was beside an Olive Grove … if I loved eating olives, I would have been in heaven.

The Irish Guy, Sheamus

Today's mere 22 km of walking to Estella felt like a breeze—I arrived early afternoon. The hotel I stayed in was quite a ways from the Camino; instead of calling for a pick up I decided to walk there and explore the city. Imagine my surprise that evening when I saw Sheamus and his wife. They were going back to Ireland the following morning since the two of them walk the Camino in stages. Sheamus made an interesting observation, “I wonder how many people do this for spiritual reasons rather than just a challenge or something off their bucket list.” It made we wonder.

My journey on the Camino de Santiago started in September 2017. At the time I wrote blogged entries with pictures whenever I could. Now, three years later, it is time to revisit the journey; I am re-posting the entries with a few updates. Enjoy.

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