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.
Overcast most of the day and great walking temperature. Low 20s. It got quite hot before the storm
Plus frites all round!
Breakfast at Ainhoa. 6.50€ pp
Picnic lunch from Ainhoa hotel € pp
Hotel 52€ for room for 3
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
I have developed a blister!!! Compeed to the rescue