Uterga to Lorca 4 Sep 2022

  • Barry 

We left Uterga – where the alberque was great – good supper and breakfast – we stayed at casa Baztan

Leaving casa baztan

The sunrise across the fields was spectacular


We decided on reaching Murazbal after admiring the magnificent walk mural …

Wall mural in Murazbal

…to detour to the church Eunate which was an extra 4 kms through very quiet farm roads

Wikipedia has a complete story in this church and the fascinating history – wonder where the truth lies …https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_Mary_of_Eunate

Iglesia de Eunate

After a short breather and walk around the church – which was unfortunately closed till 10am – we moved on to Obanos where the village was clearly trying to recover from a week of a special fiesta ( complete with bill running) – pity we missed it ?- we managed to find a coffee stop

A break in Obanos

On to Puente la Reina where we found some supplies and evidence of the fiesta – it was cleaner than Obanos –

Church in Puente la Reina
Lunch in the shaded banks of Rio Arga

The River (Rio) Arga which we first crossed as a small river in Zubiri is now much larger

Old 11th century bridge across Rio Arga

From here the climbing is very tiring especially up to the hilltop town of Cirauqui

Climb to middle of Cirauqui

Then a short sharp down hill over a very old Roman bridge we climbed again to Lorca – passing through a modern tunnel under the highway – which had wonderful acoustics

Tunnel under highway north of Lorca

It was a relief to arrive at Alberque la Bodega del Camino- it’s an ok Alberque but costly and they charge extra for everything

Supper of veggie soup, chicken & veg main and ice cream lolly was tasty and generous

Tomorrow we move on only 8.5 km to Estella to pick up the parcel we sent from SJPP for Jules

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