I say goodbye to my two new friends Jose and Olga.
Michael and I get ready to cycle to Pamplona.
We cycle along a bicycle trail which runs through the forest. This was the original place in Europe where iron ore was first mined. From these forest hills came iron for swords and cannonballs. We cycled along a river path the first part.
Michael and the river.
The area is rich with the remains of earlier uses, like this narrow stone bridge long abandoned.
The builders of the trail followed the old train tracks. We rode through numerous reappropriated train tunnels. It was scary sometimes. The tunnels could be quite long, wet, cold, and dripping water. This tunnel was over three kilometers long and the water had created this flowstone.
We are now in a church founded in 1783 that is now being used to house pilgrims. It costs 5.50 Euros for a very clean bunk, sheets, hot showers and a place to prepare food. I am very pleased and looking forward to the journey. Michael will ride with me tomorrow and get me on the path.
We went out to sightsee and for a nice meal. This is a street scene from the old town area of Pamplona.