Happy Birthday, Mom!!
Today started like most of the others will: in a dorm bed with about 20 other Pilgrims at 6:00AM. I haven't slept in 5 days because of the arm injury. Don't know what is wrong, but it throbs at night. Don't let anyone fool you: 47 Ibuprofen is not the same as a thimble of heroin!
We hiked for about 8 hours as we will everyday. I'm thinking of staying in a hotel in one of the bigger cities which I should reach in about two weeks. Maybe go to the hospital and see if I can get an X-ray...or heroin.
Hiked through some beautiful country today, rivers, wildflowers, etc. Carried the pack the entire day. It was... tiring and my shirt is soaking wet but I love it. I love the feeling of exhausting myself and hopefully, the positive effect it will have on my body. Ha! Is a busted knee a positive thing??
We made it to the town of Arre, which is the home of bicyclist legend, Miguel Indurain, who won the Tour de France 5 times in a row! We stayed in a church built in the 12th century tonight. Way cool, and kind of spooky to wander around in at 4:00 in the morning with the minimum of light.
In front of the church was a statue of KingSancho VII who was king from 1194- 1234. He was known as the "wise" and the "strong", and for giving himself wonderful titles.
Kevin fell in the shower and got a three inch gash that bled like a stuck hog. He had to go to the emergency room and get stitches. We did our best to stop the blood but wow! It was a sobering experience. I have named him, " Kevin the Cut!"
Because it is Sunday and because we're only 5 kilometers from the huge San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, the town of Arre was deserted. I met up with about 10 "kids" from Denmark, South Korea, and the USA, and caught a bus to Pamplona to "feel" the festival spirit. Impossible to find a room in Pamplona for less than $500 a night. That's a bit out of my budget and not exactly the Pilgrim spirit. Many people slept in the park, which smelled quite a bit like a urinal. Can't imagine why.
To get to Pamplona, we took city bus #4 and apparently we weren't the only people with this idea. The busses were jammed and it felt like I was taking the subway to a baseball game at Jacob's Field. Tons of fun!
Very cute kid - lousy drummer!
Pamplona was so much fun! The whole city is into it. Everyone wears red and white and a sash or neckerchief. Lot's of small marching bands, street musicians etc.
I'm not sure how they knew that I was a tourist. Perceptive, those Spaniards!
The three Spaniards - Luis, Rebecca, and Carmen and one Englishman , Kevin the Cut, decided to try to see the bulls running in the morning but we would leave at 6:30 and hopefully, with some luck, be there by 8:00AM and by a miracle, actually get a glimpse of the bulls.