Estella to Larcos – 7 Sep 2022

  • Barry 

Very early start at 5am – efficient packing saw us on the road by 5.45am.

We reached wine in the wall stop before they opened so unfortunately no free wine – but we got the picture …

Road sign that is easy to miss in the dark

Need pic from Jules here

The road today was 22km – undulating climb up to Villamayor de Monjardin then descends to Los Arcos – see profiles below

Km in header is distance from SJPP
Elevation profile from garmin fénix 6 watch

Below is the route from the garmin watch

22km from Estella to Larcos

The scenery along route is really beautiful – it is counteracted by the discomforts associated with the sweat in the boots, body aches, and heavy haversack.

Jules in ascent mode – sunrise chasing

Today we were blessed with really nice cool weather due to a protective covering of cloud kept the sun at bay.

Villamayor de Monjardin in the distance

An entrancing sight en route was this farmer picking grapes and processing the leaves and vine branches on his own with a mesmerizing tractor – this pic does not capture the clever design …

Self picking & sorting tractor – back view

Nor this … so many moving parts …

Front view

On the steep descent an unfortunate accident to one of our Camino family resulted in a very nasty graze

A nasty graze luckily no broken bones – on the steep descent

Once in Los Larcos after the madness of the process of clearing the day – washing body & clothes & eating and preparing for tomorrow we made it to the massive church – Iglesia de Santa María de ascensión

Pano shot of altar
Jules & Monette viewing from the stalls

After a pizza in the plaza de Santiago we are now packing ready for lights out at 10pm and another early start tomorrow- mañana.

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