Camino Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Bizkaretta

Starting with a pleasant walk along a quiet forest path, the day became hotter and the exertion of the previous day started to affect my progress.

By the time I reached Espinal I was more than ready for a coffee and a break from the sun. Passing the square I saw a sign advertising a cafe so that did it.

After enjoying a coffee, a snack and some water melon I asked about the jazz music playing. An image of Stan Getz was on a screen and the music was cool and liquid. I was told that this music was from YouTube music. I looked up the bar on google maps and added an appreciative comment.

Getting going again after this pause I soon found the path was a series of uphill and downhill slopes. A few villages went past and the path crossed a roadway at a somewhat blind corner. A food outlet was there on the side of the road but business was apparently poor as the shutter was down.

A typical marker on the Camino
Crossing a creek

I stopped several times for water and to finally eat a slice of carrot cake bought in Espinal.

Eventually I arrived in Bizkaretta, a small town with several accommodation options. In the square was a bar where a bunch of school aged kids were buying soft drinks to cool them down. I bought a drink and sat in the cool air. A sign on the wall encouraged me to stay at the EL-LA Pensione. A brief discussion and I headed back down the street to the El-La building. It had five bedrooms each with two single beds. A bathroom on the ground floor and one on the same floor as the bedrooms.

The other walker in the room I was given was Bernard, a very pleasant man. He told me he had become dehydrated during the previous day and had been wanting to lie down to sleep. The symptoms of dehydration are discussed here:

(From the Mayo clinic)

Older adults. As you age, your body’s fluid reserve becomes smaller, your ability to conserve water is reduced and your thirst sense becomes less acute.

Adult Signs:

  • Extreme thirst 
  • Less frequent urination 
  • Dark-colored urine 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Confusion

He agreed with the list and said he had all those symptoms. He was helped by some other walkers who were paramedics. They administered water and salt tablets.

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