Day 5 0f the Camino by Sue Seis

Day 5 on the Camino has been kinder on our feet and weary bodies as the walk was over even terrain and devoid of any significant climbs and with a cool breeze blowing for much of the walk.  We got off to an earlier start today and the bus drove us from Estella to the Benedictine Monasterio de Irache which has been a regular stopping point on the Camino since the tenth century as monks would serve wine to the weary pilgrims.  Today there is a wine fountain and we had many eager to sample the vino!

The bus continued on to Villlamayor de Monjardin where we commenced the walk to Los Arcos.  We were stunned by the beauty of the magnificent church  of St Mary of the Arches and also found time to shop at the local markets and enjoy the coffee.  Once against it was back on the bus to Viana -our lunch stop – but imagine our surprise to discover the festivities in the town involved  some running of the bulls in the street.  People everywhere but we still managed some pinchos and beer before setting out on the final walk of the day to Cruce.  
Between Viana and Cruce I walked with a Canadian lady and was in awe of her travelling skills – one backpack smaller than my daypack weighing only 5.5kgs – that was all she had for forty five days and claimed she wasn’t missing anything.
We arrived at Logrono, our destination for the day, with time to relax and enjoy a walk through the old town.  Another enjoyable day on the Camino!

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