The Perils of Pyrenees Pauline & the GR10 travel blog

Top of first climb

 

view back to Ainhoa

 

that donkey doesn't look well!

Donkey's parents check it out

Bridge in Bidarray

washing in Bidarray

Bidarray before dinner

Bidarray


Overview

We set off at 7:30 with the goal to reach Bidarray before the forecast thunderstorms. An hour of steep climbing right from the hotel got us to the Col des Trois Croix. A mountain pass with 3 huge crosses at the top, a small chapel and a very old graveyard. It's Monday and we didn't see any other walkers all day except 2 older men just past the crosses. Again lots of mountain ponies who apparently clean the mountains and keep the bushes down to help with fires. Mostly mares, all with foals and all seem to be about to drop another. The stallions look after their herds of mares!! After the climb we more or less stayed on the ridge line for all of the morning. Before another climb we stopped in at a farmhouse/gite along the way and discovered a narrow part of the track further on had landslides and was dangerous to take. So we found an alternate route and happily made it to Bidarray before the huge storm hit.

The Route

Distance

24km

Cumulative Distance

68.5km

Time

7 hours

Cumulative Time

24hrs

Altitude

Cumulative Altitude

Descent

Cumulative Descent

Weather

Overcast most of the day and great walking temperature. Low 20s. It got quite hot before the storm

Accommodation

Hotel Noblia

Dinner

Trout meunière

Steak

Chicken

Plus frites all round!

Cost

Breakfast at Ainhoa. 6.50€ pp

Picnic lunch from Ainhoa hotel € pp

Hotel 52€ for room for 3

Dinner.

Highlights

Wonderful views for much of the day Again felt like we were on top of the world

Lots of ripe blackberries along the way for snacking

Making it to the hotel before the huge storm

Low Lights

I have developed a blister!!! Compeed to the rescue

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