And looking back after crossing the large Roman bridge was a bit weird, but we tried to shake it off and stay present.
We will stick with the ‘standard’ three stages to Logroño where Annemarie will depart. Just in time as it turns out. Winter is coming next weekend!
The long, steep climb out of the river basin is still there, but this time Annemarie basically flew up it. Last time, unknown to us, she was in the early stages of her allergic reaction and really had problems. Today she commented on how the three next stages were quite horrible for her, and how she’s so happy to return and experience them as they were meant to be experienced. I’m very happy for her!! It made for a much shorter day and gave us time to enjoy the walk and have time in Estella which we simply passed through last time.
Soon after followed by a favourite view towards Cirauqui.
It was just beside the olive plantation that we first said “Ola” to Neil and Sarah. We later started speaking in more than one syllable sentences the next day in Los Arcos. The Camino literally passes right through this building. The only place I’ve ever seen this.
A glance backwards.
Turns out that not all the grapes have been harvested by peregrinos along this stretch. Still a scenic as ever.
And what would the Camino be without a piece of the original Roman Road? Probably easier on the feet!
Raise your hand if you remember this canal.
We arrived in Lorca and took a break with a cold drink and a shared tortilla with eggs and potato...brilliant!
Estella is just over the hill.
And then we were at that lovely fuente where the water is so cold and refreshing!
You might have noticed a new shirt on me? Need a little moreearly morning warmth and this one is slightly thicker. In a couple of days I’ll lose the hat too and move to my small folding cap. The old guy Tilley has done its job through the hot days. With the colder weather just ahead and rain forecast for the Meseta I’ll be happier putting on rain hoods and ponchos with just a cap. I have a buff that I’ll use as a toque with my rain gloves on cold mornings, and the forecast in a week says that the early morning temps will be around -3. Hmmmm? I may need some advice from my amigo Ken who walks to work at the university in Regina in the winter. He’s one tough dude!
I’ve been here before: According to booking.com, last night we stayed at the same hotel that we stayed at 5 years ago when in Puenta La Reina; the surprising thing is that neither Geoff nor I remember it. The same is true for some of the route we walked today...we remember some, but not all of it, and we each remembered different pieces of it. When we came into Estella, we both remember the font - a Camino icon - as larger than it actually is. We both have fond memories of sitting in the square watching the children play while we ate lunch, but today it took us some time to find the square. The link to Alzheimer’s with regard to these experiences is obvious, the impact on memory for those with Alzheimer’s is one of the best known features of the disease. Just as Geoff and I are remembering different things, the impact on memory for people with Alzheimer’s also varies. As we thought about what we remember and what we don’t, it made us think about things that impact memory. Last time we were here, there was the element of novelty, while this time we are more experienced, making us attend to different things. Last time I was feeling unwell, while Geoff was eager for all this new experience had to offer. While I know that the location of plaques and tangles impacts what and how people with Alzheimer’s remember, I suspect there are also contextual factors that play a part.