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Somos perditos ! (We are lost!)

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Quite a day yesterday. Weather forecast was mixed so we packed our daypacks with our ponchos. Nice walk out of Pamplona then we hiked up to the iconic peak of “alto de perdon”. We got some great pics by the famous iron sculptures.
The last three caminos we hiked down a treacherous rock path to Uterga which created foot issues for both of us. My research found an alternate route to save our feet.

Great idea, terrible directions. For example it said at the peak, take the asphalt road road right. So do you assume you are facing the path down to Uterga with Alto de Perdon at your back ot facing the iron figures? We followed the directions as best we could then followed a road route for several miles and 90 minutes which did not tie to the directions I had. In fact it became clear we had gone around the mountain towards our starting point and we could see Alto de Perdon from below. We feared that we’d need to climb Alto de Perdon a second time then hike down the treacherous rocky path to Uterga.
We finally wandered into a town and had no idea where we were. We found a bar and I told the bar tender (in Spanish) “We are pilgrims and need your help. We are lost!”. I told him we needed a taxi to transport us close to our destination town. After a few minutes he said your taxi will be here in 10 minutes! What a relief! I thanked him immensely and ordered two beers then gave him a nice tip. Our taxi driver was equally kind. I told him he was our “camino angel”. He dropped us off a short distance from our destination town.

So we arrived in Puenta la Reina more or less on time. After checking in we went to the famous bridge and celebrated our chaotic but lucky day with cups of wine.
This is our fourth camino and was a lesson in humility. Next time we stick to the route we know. That said, when you need help, simply ask and a camino angel will be ready to help you.
 
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Quite a day yesterday. Weather forecast was mixed so we packed our daypacks with our ponchos. Nice walk out of Pamplona then we hiked up to the iconic peak of “alto de perdon”. We got some great pics by the famous iron sculptures.


This is our fourth camino and was a lesson in humility. Next time we stick to the route we know. That said, when you need help, simply ask and a camino angel will be ready to help you.
That does sound like a stressful hike for sure but there are camino angels spread out all through the camino. I recall being lost on the camino Norte and I asked a gentleman for directions. He rattled off a long list of izquerda and derecha and I had a dumb look on my face. He said " I will show you" so he lead me on about a 20 min tour and he explained that he would tell his friends that he walked the camino today. Very good natured and he got me going in the right way. Very grateful for those camino angels😊. Buen camino
 

DyanTX

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CF Sept 22 - Nov 3, 2016
Love this! Glad you got the help you need. Shortcuts and alternative paths are great - except when they are not! Perhaps your title should have been "Estamos perdido" as you were temporarily lost rather than the permanent situation implied by "somos perdido" unless of course you were referring to the state of being lost to sin. :) Gotta love the Spanish language intricacies! Obviously your kind bartender fully understood :)
 

Tony Bobcat

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May 2017
Quite a day yesterday. Weather forecast was mixed so we packed our daypacks with our ponchos. Nice walk out of Pamplona then we hiked up to the iconic peak of “alto de perdon”. We got some great pics by the famous iron sculptures.


This is our fourth camino and was a lesson in humility. Next time we stick to the route we know. That said, when you need help, simply ask and a camino angel will be ready to help you.
Hi Browncountybob. I got caught on my first Camino on the same path, the next year I took my time and walked along the edge and worked out just fine.
 

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