One Up On Martin Sheen

Continuing the theme of finding certain things that have fictionally occurred to Martin Sheen and members of his family, today’s stage from Zubiri to Pamplona presented me with another opportunity to stake a claim to brief superiority.

In an attempt to inject a moment of actual drama into the story of a man walking a very long way, Martin Sheen’s character in “The Way” sits down on a bridge for a bit of a rest, only to see his rucksack then tumble into the river below, prompting a semi-alarming swim to retrieve it.

Today, I sat at the same bridge and quite easily avoided the same fate by steadfastly not undoing the straps.

Victory was mine.

Naturally, the universe wanted a word with me about this sort of braggadocio, so immediately afterwards, I walked off in the wrong direction (for the first time) for about half a mile.

That’ll teach me.

Other than that, it’s been a very good third stage, entering Basque Country along gorgeous woodland paths, mostly in the shade from the sun, which put in a proper appearance for the first time today.

About two hours into the morning, most of the group I’m walking with stopped for a second breakfast at a lovely cafe and I found myself going into an ecstatic state over a slice of spinach omelette and freshly squeezed orange juice.

I know.

A Spinach Omelette.


We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

The later section of the third stage brought us into Pamplona, a pretty large town with lots of people making lots of noise, which was a bit of a contrast after cowbells and birdsong.

That’ll all change again tomorrow.

Accommodation Report:

Albergue Rio Arga Ibaia:

Gave up my lower bunk bed to an older American lady in a ten person dorm right next to a foaming river which created enough white noise to cancel out any snorts and snorers.

No bedbugs, but the mosquitoes have certainly found me, in five places.

Little gits.

Health Report:

Left Foot, Right Foot, Left Shoulder and Right Shoulder remain as happy travellers, as does Left Knee.

However, I am suspicious about Left Knee’s sullen silence, which may disguise it’s true intent to wreak revenge at a later date.

I’m watching you, Left Knee.

Still no blisters.

Don’t quite understand that, but I ain’t complaining.

Trips, Slips and Falls: 0 (0)

Applications of Factor 50: 4 (8)

Filling of Water Bottles: 2 (6)

Number of times “Buen Camino” was said: Well down again on the first day, less than 100.

I’m trying to launch “See you along the way” as a pleasing alternative, but it’s not really landing yet.

Poncho deployments: 0 (2)

Now, let’s see what Saturday night in Pamplona looks like.

It is Saturday, isn’t it?

5 thoughts on “One Up On Martin Sheen

  1. Glenshiro

    I’m sure others will be along to tell you that the scene where Martin Sheen drops his rucksack into the river wasn’t even filmed on the CF. In order to find a place with abundant, fast running water, the production had to go to the town of Aoiz, just below the Itoiz reservoir, whose floodgates were open specially for the shooting of this scene.
    Pedantry aside, enjoy Pamplona – it’s a party town! Glad to hear all your bits are holding up – I, too, have a left knee that isn’t what it was (it was a fully functioning left knee – now it sometimes decides it just won’t bother holding me up.)

    Puenta la Reina tomorrow? A beautiful town.

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    1. Yes, I’ve been informed of Hollywood’s embellishments now! Never mind. Pamplona was fun, Puente la Reina is pretty and I’m aiming to be in Estella tomorrow, although I may go “intermediate” if it’s too warm after noon.


  2. I’m coming up on my 1st year anniversary of walking the Camino Francis. It seems like I just got home. My pilgrimage is always on my mind. I am enjoying your blog and have many of the same pictures from my walk. I had an issue with my left knee as well. I had torn cartridge removed a number of years ago and was concerned I may have problems but made it to Santiago in 34 days from SJPdP. My top recommendations is us trekking poles, and I drank 3 liters of water each day on the trail. I also used a supplement, glucosamine and had no issues or blisters. Blessed. Look froward to your posts and pictures. Buen Camino

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