Julie and Pam headed up the hill in the mist after breakfast, while I headed back down the hill to see the views I'd missed yesterday, and to visit the church, which I had also missed. By the time I did my exploring I was an hour behind. It meant though, that I was able to discard my raincoat before ascending and was much more comfortable.
The extraordinary church at Arantzazu. The bell tower is the seperate tower on the left, and below a mix of concrete and stones in the cloisters.
Our room was in the big white hotel on the right.
A small portion of the amazing views ay Arantzazu.
The mist cleared as I neared the top, and I was able to get some reasonable photos. As I left Arantzazu there was a crowd of young people gathering in the car park. Some of them caught me up just over 5 kms later at the Ermita de Urbia, and the rest trailed in a little further down the track at the Refugio de Urbia. It transpired that they were from an agricultural school on a school excursion - studying shepherds and the large flocks in the mountains.
A small part of the school excursion, taking a photo of themselves.
One flock of sheep we passed grazing in the meadows
After crossing the pass, the path was treelined.
A shepherds hut, complete with grass growing on the roof, and a couple of solar panels.
Pam and Julie partaking of a picnic lunch - where I finally caught up with them.
The last leg into San Roman was a treat because we kept passing pink crocus. They brightened the way no end, especially as by the last few kilometres we were feeling pretty tired. The other thing of interest for you Camino people out there was the way crossed over the Camino coming through the San Anton tunnel. We actually followed both yellow (Camino de Santiago colour) and orange (Camino Ignaciano colour) arrows for quite a while.
Crocus in bloom.
The Camino de Santiago sign
This is where the other Camino joined ours for a while - the orange arrow above the yellow is not as easy to see.