03 June Navarette to Azorfa

03 June Navarette to Azorfa
I have my first real pain. It’s in my right foot running from the middle of the arch of my foot back towards my shin.

We leave at 6:40am walk for about 5 minutes then about-turn and go in the correct direction adding another small climb to our day.

Thoughout each day a pattern has emerged. Each Camino family is like a small fee-paying army. We scour the countryside for suitable conquests and when the time comes we storm the battlements of vulnerable cafeterias. We crash into each one, devour their goods then march on in search of new battlegrounds. One skirmish saw almost our entire family descend upon one hapless victim all at the same time.

The following photos should pretty much describe the middle part of today’s walk for you.image
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This is Karen.
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This my usual view of my family members.
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As the sun begins to suck up the moisture in our bodies and my feet start to ache we continue along a path that is a joy to walk in most cases.
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At one point I hear a shrill whistle and I’m pleased to catch up with Dieuwke.
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Who takes this photo for me.
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We are both pleased when our Canadian and Columbian friends turn up.
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As we enter Najera we pass a school playground full of children, mostly dressed in a type of uniform that included a smock type top and coloured neckerchief. They are noisily playing. I wonder if they are in the process of creating friendships or indeed rivalries that could last of lifetime.

A couple of toe wiggles later I know I am just about ready to call it a day when I start to stumble over ants and the disturbed air of passing pilgrims blows me sideways a couple of steps. It’s hot.

I pass couple fashioning a small shrine at the base of a tree. I pass as quietly as I can without taking a photograph, there is an air of quietness and solemnity in their movements and I think I sense something deeply personal and private happening.

Unbelievably a couple of guys pass me by at different times with panting dogs. The dogs look hot, footsore and bothered to me. One of the men later adorns his dog with little booties.

We eventually reach our bed for the night. Incredibly the courtyard has an ice-cold fountain. A lot of people take the chance to sooth hot, tired and aching feet, me included.

Here are some of the folks you have seen in other posts joining me for a toe wiggle.
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This guy is Norm from Ohio. Norm has that drawl which for me is cowboy movie sounding. He even looks like one when he takes his hat off.
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We passed this oust today which means I have walked some 200+ kilometres so far.
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To be honest, right at this moment, with the pain in my right foot, it feels like it. I’ll make a decision tomorrow morning.

Steps today 33079

Bye for now.

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