Beauty’s secret across the sky
Blown away– Kindergood
Pamplona to Puente La Reina
I woke early feeling that it was going to be a good day.
Fi was also feeling good and I’d say both our injuries had improved by 70%. We got ourselves ready and were walking by 6.25am. It was going to be a hot day so an early start was helpful.
We followed the shells set in the pavement out of Pamplona, walked through Cizar for sunrise and stopped for some breakfast in Zariquegui which is about 12km from Pamplona.
When we got to the summit of Alto De Perdon (800m) Fi was elated. Yesterday she thought she wouldn’t make it.
Following the path down the sense of gratitude deepened in me and I found myself spontaneously repeating the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” as I walked. My heart overflowed and tears rolled down my cheeks. I recalled the poem by Rumi
I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.
It was a beautiful experience that continued until we reached Obanos and I had to regain my composure and look for accommodation.
Now I have a deeper understanding of why people do this walk.
In contrast to the traditional folk flute and drums in Obanos, as we walked through Puente La Reina there was a biker gathering with “Highway to Hell” reverberating through the narrow streets. That tickled me.
Today we walked about 26km in 8 hours and the significance of the pilgrimage awakened in me.