After some much needed rest, Frank and Mikey left Pamplona headed for Puente de Reina (Queensbridge). We walked through the University of Navarra campus and through the further outlying suburbs of the city. Stopping for coffee, we saw a pretty rad patio setup at a cafe:
Through the suburbs of Cizur, we happened upon some really old churches before marching on through open valley fields.
Much of the day’s walk was on gravel roads through hayfields and such. While this section was relatively flat, most parts were not.
After one hellish ascent, we reached a lookout point where one can glimpse the small pueblo (town) of Zariquiegui.
See if you can spot Frank!
Its double-pillared exterior porch is very atypical for templar churches.
Still, its sparse interior is quite normal for the period.
Following our detour, we rejoined the path only to be battered by a thunderstorm for nearly an hour. Still, we were rewarded with this 14th century jewel in the heart of Obanos, Church of Saint John the Baptist.
At long last, Frank and Mikey arrived at Puente de Reina (Queensbridge) where our Camino route (The French Way) is joined by that of Chemin d’Arles (a more southern French route.) The two weathered pilgrims above commentate this meeting.
We’ll close with that for now. Frank and Mikey did find shelter at the Fathers of the Crucifixion Seminary Refuge – yeah, that’s what we thought, too! Anyways, we’ll pick up with Queensbridge tomorrow and maybe even a photo-less story about a mad monk roommate! Hasta entonces.