We didnt start too late after our 7.30am breakfast and were on the raod by 8.30. For the first half of the day that took us through Puente del Reina we stayed together as trio made up of Thomas the texan, fredrik the french man and myself.
the heat picked up though on the way that had little shade to offer. sun block was a must. by lunchtime we arrived in Cirauqui and went shopping for food & drinks. Fredrik moved on while Thomas and myself enjoyed some red wine, ham sandwhich and olives. probably a mistake …
after a seemingly never ending walk we finally got to our hostel where we got lucky and inherited the beds of two girls that were literally just checking out to go to pamplona. thanks god. i was really tired and needed a good rest.
in the hostel I met Cyril from Belgium again and quite a few new faces over dinner. the hostel itself was not great be it cheap (donations only basis). 20 people sleeping in rooms the size of a larger toilet isnt great (heat, noise etc). in the double beds one couldnt even sit in the lower bed. thomas took a radical decision – he just slept outside!
lesson: arrive earlier, choose wiser.