Yet another wonderful day of walking. Started with VERY steep climb out of Baigorry. Why do the French make roads sensible zigzag up steep mountains but walking trails seem to go straight up!! We climbed high and had a wonderful view of the village that we had just come from. After a little traverse we came to a sheep pen with a group of shepherds tending them. We decided that the French equivalent of the Aussie farmer ute was the LITTLE van with a wire divider between the back and the front seats. This we soon discovered was where the dog travelled or the sheep!! We immediately started climbing again and went up up up (for 3 hrs of climbing since leaving Baigorry) to the very peak of the mountain at 1021m, watching a helicopter circle below us, along with a flock of eagles circling around.
We could see St Jean Pied De Port ( our destination for the day ) and decided it wasn't going to take long to get there. So we descended to a lower level still with a wonderful view and stopped for lunch. Just as we had gone up up up for the first half of the day we went down down down to our destination. Taking another couple of hours !!
St Jean is a medieval town and not only a starting point for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago ( I stayed here this last year on the cycling tour), but also a big tourist destination. They love to watch the pilgrims... As we saw them looking through our accommodation window !!!
After checking into our Gite for the night, a shower and wash of the clothes we headed out for a quick look around town, a browse in the touristy shops and a relaxing drink outside at one of the bars.
Then back to the Gite for an introduction to all the other (pilgrim) residents for the night and dinner. An interesting experience!!!
Overcast but great walking weather. Bit chilly in high places
Stuffed tomatoes with green and chickpea salad.
The top of the mountain