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march-fixer: Track 2991 in area near Unid, Unid ()
Camino Frances - Lorca to Villamayor de Monjardin
Length: 19.4km, Creator time taken: 6h41m, Ascent: 754m,
Descent: 531m

Places: Start at Lon -1.94658, Lat 42.672, end at Lon -2.10405, Lat 42.6295 14km W from Start
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Day 07 - Lorca to Villamayor de Montjardin

We now tended to walk for an hour before have breakfast. This give the body a chance to loosen out and the coffee and 'tortilla and patatas' tastes even better. The free range eggs make the exquisite omelettes with the darkest egg yokes. After the village of Villatuerta we made a short detour to the little Ermita San Miguel which overlooks a vast view across the southern valley.

We then walked on to Estella, which was quite a big place and not particularly attractive and, as I could not find a suitable café, just carried on walking through it. I stopped just long enough to run into a Lidl store on the outskirts of Estella. Picked up some nice fruit and nibbles for the journey.

We reached after a further 2.5km, the totally free wine fountain outside the wine factory at Irache. There are two taps on the wall here, one for water and the other one for red wine. We tasted the wine which is acceptable but then what do you expect for free!
The next 6.5km to Villamayor de Monjardin were all the way uphill and quite tiring in the hot sunshine. Overlooking the path, high up on the mountain top was the Castle of Monjardin and we were quite relieved that it was not necessary to climb up to the top as I eventually reached the village.

We found places at the first Refuge overlooking the little square. Very soon all the beds were allocated and the dreaded "Completo" sign was hung out. As there was nowhere else and the next village was further 12km to Los Arcos, any other pilgrims were compelled to take a taxi if they felt felt they couldn't walk any further. It was in the little bar beside this Refuge that I tasted my first "Claro" which is made by removing a glass tankard from the freezer! This is half filled with fizzy Kas lemon and topped up with San Miguel beer. It is truly wonderful to sip the beer shandy through frozen froth. Our bunk room opened out onto a terrace with commanding views over the church, town and surrounding lands.

Uploaded on: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 (18:15:02)
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