Today’s route is from Zubiri to Pamplona. A distance of 21.1km.
Famous for the Festival of San Firmin and the ‘running of the bulls’, the city is the largest place and population along the Camino route.
San Fermin, or Saint Fermin, is one of the two Patron Saints of Pamplona – the other being San Francis Xavier – who died in 303AD. One legend has it that his death was due to being dragged along the street by a bull, but this was unlikely to have been in the city itself.
Just before entering Pamplona is a village called Villava.
This was the birthplace of five-times Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain.
He was a huge cycling hero of mine, along with Laurent Fignon and Gianni Bugno.
During or after his initial treatment – I can’t remember which – Sando got bitten by the ‘Brompton Bicycle’ bug. I couldn’t work out if he was more taken by the idea of the bike folding up or that there was a bag to put it in?
He had a number of forays out upon the roads once he had purchased one, but his pinnacle was taking part in a Brompton race in London.
It may not have been running with the bulls in Pamplona, but it was certainly more technical than motor racing with a Le Mans-style start, which in this case was unfolding your bike before setting off on the route.
He may not have won, but neither did the ‘bulls’ catch up with him.
He had made it past that first Christmas – which had been given to him as an event which he was unlikely to celebrate – and he fully intended to stay ahead of any further medical predictions.
His was ‘on the Way’.
It may not have been the route he had been expecting to travel, but he did not hesitate in passing through Pamplona and continuing the journey.