Wednesday May 1

Trip Start Apr 18, 2013
Trip End Jul 09, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Navarra,
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It is a public holiday today.

Bon Camino.
We are in Basque country.

We woke up at 6am and prepared ourselves for the walk. We took advise from Peter Schloeffel and cut our toe nails, smothered our feet in Silic15 cream, put on anklet stockings and thick walking socks and our walking shoes.

We drove from Saint Michel to St Jean Pied de Port and parked our car for the day. We went to the bakery and had coffee and croissants for breakfast and bought two baguettes to put in our back packs for our lunch.

We started our Pilgrim walk about 7.30am. It was 6 degrees Celsius. We walked 23km to Roncesvalles (Spanish) (or Ronscevous in French) in just under 6 hours. It was mostly a pleasant walk. The last 1.5 km were downhill but the 4km before that were uphill in mud tracks (not as steep as suicide ridge on the Mt Lofty Summit walk). It was tough but we did it.

We did not walk the Napoleon trek unfortunately as we were told that it was closed due to snow and dangerous slippery slopes however at 8am this morning they opened it! Others that walked it said that it was cold, raining, windy and difficult but worth it.

We arrived in Roncesvalles about 1.15pm and went to the Pilgrim Office to get our Pilgrim passport stamp. My hands were so cold and swollen from the cold that I could hardly write to complete the survey form.

We had booked a taxi for 4pm but we were ready by 1.30 so the hotel cancelled the 50 euro taxi at 4pm and booked one for us at 2pm for 40euro. By 2.30 we were back in St Jean with the car and bought a beret for me and a cork screw for Susie. We drove hack to Ronscevaux and showered.

Susie had a snooze and Ron looked for a beer and some people. The alberge did not serve meals so the people we talked too on the track where drinking in our hotel and had booked in for the 10 Euro Pilgrim dinner just like us. I arranged to meet them for dinner and went to wake up the sleeping beauty. Ended up we were at a long table full of Aussies, one Californian girl and 2 huge German boys. Susie sat at the end of the table with the German giants and got involved in conservations in 2 languages.

The meal was amazing. For 10e we got a 3 course meal and wine. We were all talking and had a great time. The pilgrims went to bed early including us. We did our Blog homework and went to bed.
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Paul on

Wow! This is the weirdest pilgrim walk I've ever encountered. It took 2 car trips to facilitate 1 pilgrim walk section. I wonder how those early pilgrims did that? :-)

And the hotel room looks great! You must have really needed it after all that hard walking and all the good cheer in the pub afterward not to mention the homework!

Keep going!

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