Rest Day 2: Burgos

Frank and Mikey started off by visiting the cathedral. An ever developing work since the 11th century, it is one of Spain and the Church's crown jewels.   Yep, it's HUGE!  The Escalera Dorada - total setting for a wedding or Mikey's grand entrance!  The main altar. Unlike in many other cathedrals, the main altar, choir … Continue reading Rest Day 2: Burgos

Day 11: Belorado to Burgos

Today was Frank and Mikey's longest journey. However, it was not entirely by foot. Weather, healing feet, and time constraints led us to skip ahead 1 day via bus. So here's what happened: We started early this morning and were making good time. We walked through several villages and even stopped for a decent breakie.  … Continue reading Day 11: Belorado to Burgos

Day 10: Santo Domingo to Belorado

Frank and Mikey finally caught up to their estimated pace last night. Thus, the walk today was less stressful - although a bit painful due to afore mentioned foot injuries. It seems like every town has to have a bridge. This is the one leaving Santo Domingo. Good riddance as far as the auberge was … Continue reading Day 10: Santo Domingo to Belorado

Day 9: Ventosa to Santo Domingo

Frank and Mikey were awoken this morning by Gregorian chanting. In fact, the albegurge in Ventosa starts playing it from 6am until the last pilgrim leaves. In theory, this is really neat - almost magical. In practice, it's the equivalent of playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" with only one cashier while in line at the … Continue reading Day 9: Ventosa to Santo Domingo

Day 8: Logroño to Ventosa

After a short 10km walk, Mikey arrived in Logroño and met up with Frank. A university town of 125,000, Logroño is also the capital of La Rioja - the famed wine producing region in Spain.     We walked around the old town for a bit and checked out the 14th century Catedral de Santa Maria … Continue reading Day 8: Logroño to Ventosa

Day 6: Estella to Viana

Estella was definitely and interesting experience. Mikey found a hostel outside of the city on a remote hilltop that he thought would be peaceful. What was not  mentioned in his Eroski guidebook was that this hostel is for youth. Perhaps we looked harmless enough or just plain exhausted from the day's walk, but we were … Continue reading Day 6: Estella to Viana

Day 5: Puente de Reina to Estella

Ok, there was a mad monk. While Frank and Mikey arrived late to Puente de Reina, they found beds in the Refuge of the Fathers of the Crucifixion. As they had arrived after most pilgrims and found the rest of the 12 bed dorm empty, all seemed grand. I mean, 5€ each for a room … Continue reading Day 5: Puente de Reina to Estella

Day 4: Pamplona to Puente de Reina

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:   #mikeywants  Through the suburbs of Cizur, we happened upon … Continue reading Day 4: Pamplona to Puente de Reina