St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles.
Six hours of walking and I’m knackered. I took the “scenic” route over the top of the hill and spent the day walking through the clouds. But I gotta say, if it’s gonna be like this for the next four weeks then bring it on. This has happened so quickly, less than four weeks from the spark of an idea to actually starting out, I’m fascinated that everything has slotted into place so easily without any hitches. Thank you Vanessa, Mum and Paul for everything.
Easy day tomorrow, only 22 Klicks.
— at Albergue De Peregrinos Real Colegiata De Roncesvalles
Cosy, this refurbed monastery really set the precedent for refugios.
I wanted to have a chat with this man, but he either went the other way, or that donkey is supersonic?¿!
Probably the most photographed road sign in Spain.
Road of The Bridge of Rabies. The local legend is that any animal with rabies was cured by going over the bridge. There is a saint buried under the bridge. It would have been good to have a photo of said bridge, but it was camouflaged in road work yellow.
Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña.
I forgot to mention yesterday how surprised I and a few other people were about the first days walk. After seeing that profile of the mountain I thought it was going to be a killer, especially when you see it described as “fear-inducing” on a tourist sign at St-Jean. But no, it was okay and done now anyway.
The other bit I was dreading is the inevitable rain, no surprise then when at 10 this morning there was the disconcerting sound of a storm in the north that gradually shifted around right in the direction that I was walking into. Yeah Great!!! The skies opened, I was drenched, but the backpack held out, (it only got weather proofed on Thursday). I even walked an extra 5 klicks to get closer to Pamplona, which I’ll be walking right through tomorrow, I’m not really into the cities, I know that it has a gothic cathedral and all that, but I’ll miss this and catch Burgos and Léon further down the track.
Buen camino x
— at Larrasoaña (Navarra)