After a wild night of torrential rain, thunder and lightening lighting up our room, our plans for a very early start had to be revised. Clearly it was too dangerous to head up very high on the path that hugged the cliff face for a number of kms. The forecast confirmed warnings in the area. We immediately poured over the map together and considered our alternatives. Then put on our rain gear and headed off. All mountain tops were totally shrouded in cloud as we walked along winding country roads through lovely green rolling farmland.
It was great to stop at a lovely little white hotel next to a river for our first coffee/tea of the day. By chance another female walker came in and joined us at our table for a long chat. She was from holland and walking in the opposite direction but along the Camino St Jacques route, via Irun in Spain. She told us 2 people had died in yesterday's storm in the Pyrenees so we knew that we had made a good decision with our route.
On arriving in St Etienne the rain started again and we just made it in time to the hotel. It was great to have a relaxing afternoon exploring the town and having a few beers/syrup and water.
A wonderful day was had by all.
Overcast and rain on and off
Hotel de Juantorena
We all had different fish and yummy desserts
Profiteroles, creme caramel, tarte tartin