|Dawn, with pride and relief, at the historic|
pilgrim entrance to Pamplona.
So here we are in Cizur Menor, a quiet 2.8 kms up and out of Pamplona -- Connie, Dana, Erin Elaine, Greta, Gwynne, John, Susan, Jeanne and I. And the stragglers are indulging themselves in the fleshpots of Pamplona -- Alison, Bart, Catherine, Dawn, Elissa, Jackie, and Lisa -- all at the Jesus y Maria Albergue 5 kms away, tucked into the busy streets at the heart of the city. I can walk a block over from my vantage point on the hill of Cizur Menor, look down on Pamplona, imagine I'm seeing the albergue where our "lost tribe" is staying, and like Jesus looking over Jerusalem, say "How many times would I have gathered you under my wings like a hen gathers her brood. . . but you would not."
Now, the careful reader will note some new names in our group. Sure enough, at the last minute some of our Seattle friends decided a 500-mile walk carrying a 20-lb backpack and sleeping on bunk beds with strangers from all over the world was too enticing an opportunity to miss. So we got word when we arrived at St. Jean that Connie, Erin Elaine, Gwynne, and Jeanne would join us in Pamplona. Although we were thrilled to have them with us, I think that's where the inadvertent group schism began.
|French pilgrims we met in Larrasoana, admiring the|
beauty of Pamplona's city streets.
As we entered Pamplona proper, we passed under the historic gate that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of pilgrims over the centuries. The sightless eyes in the bas relief panel has witnessed many people like us who've wandered toward Santiago, hoping for a night's respite and a few days of joy at the journey's end.
|Bart's attempt to do Pamplona the Heming-way.|
|From left: Susan, Sandy, Greta, Erin Elaine, and Jeanne|
enjoy lunch on a Pamplona sidewalk across from
So, tomorrow we'll see if we can pull ourselves together and continue as a single group up the big hill, the Alto de Pardon, toward the farmlands and fields of La Rioja.
(In truth, with the increased size of our group and the abundance of miles caused by our exuberant exercise we've decided to subdivide our pilgrimage into two groups and add the exercise totals separately. We'll see which group, the "John Wesley" group or the "Charles Wesley" group makes it first to our pilgrimage goal. At present, Team John -- the lagging group that's spending tonight in downtown Pamplona -- is actually ahead at 89.4 miles to Team Charles' 84.2. Welcome aboard, Connie, Erin Elaine, Gwynne, and Jeanne!)