Monday, 20 June 2016

Day 2 Uterga to Puente la Reina

Monday 20 June 2016
Today we walked a distance of approximately 10.07kms to Puente la Reina.   We are staying in a triple room at Albergue Jakue this evening.

We had a breakfast of fruit juice, toast and coffee for 4 euros at the albergue in Uterga, before heading off for our walk to Puente la Reina, via the church at Eunate and Obanos.

As it is a Monday, we knew the church at Eunate would be closed, but felt it was still worth the detour and we hoped to get a sello there (nope!) and a geocache (we got 2!)  I felt the detour was well worth it.  The small octagonal church is one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Navarra, it is built on the plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

A bus load of people touring the Camino arrived while we were resting our feet after wandering around the outside of the church.  I know some people are very anti these Camino tourists, but in all honesty they didn't bug me.  For some people (myself included) walking the entire Camino is just not a feasible option, so why not let them have at least a taste of the experience.

There was a strange headstone near the church that I'd like to investigate further, I believe it has pagan origins.

I found the stretch from the church to Obanos quite uncomfortable, it got really hot and I just felt a bit "off".  Obanos was cute though.  

Our albergue in Puente la Reine was a welcome sight, with it's lovely shady beer garden and ice-cold beer.  Miguel who manages the albergue was very friendly and put us at ease right away.  We had a lunch of bocadillo and quiche, along with our cold beers. 

This evening Miguel offered to take us back to the church at Eunate, we took him up on his offer and he drove us there and talked to us about the place, he has a real passion for it.  The little tour was well worth the tip we paid him.

We had a fantastic pilgrims' meal, for 13 euros, in the adjoining hotel.  Starters was a really good buffet including salads, pasta dishes, soup and paella; main was a choice of chicken or fish, and there was a buffet for dessert, wine was included in the price.

Flowers and plants seen along the way today

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