Stage 11, Sep 14, Puente la Reina to Estella, 21.6km, total time 5:48 hrs.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find reliable WiFi connections. I  hope that by tomorrow morning I can find a hotspot to upload the chronicle to the server.

The keynote of stage 11 was a crystal clear morning with dry and net shades. The sleepy town of Puente la Reina had at least a good bakery open for breakfast at 6:30am to initiate the day with the best auspices.

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On a very quiet spot, crossing an ancient medieval bridge I left a stone with a message of peace for dear friend and her mother who passed away.

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The road in many parts is still over the ancient Roman layout.

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The modern day pilgrims appear to attract consumerism on the road and it is not infrequent to see small cold drink booths nearby the main highway. This one in particular had on display a full pharmacy of remedies for feet problems.

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Ancient time pilgrims were probably already quite happy to have simple refreshments like this fountain in proximity of the city of Estella, or even a fountain that was spilling wine under the control of the Irache Monastery. It is still in operation nowadays but under a local winemaker, and miracle today is that the fountain dries up in case the pilgrim is nor buying a case of their best wine.

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