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Mar 30, 2019 - Valcarlos and Roncesvalles

29 March It was a hot and sunny day all the way to Valcarlos. Didn’t get lost even once. I must have started late because I saw few pilgrims on the way and not a lot in Valcarlos so I suspect that most just hiked on through to Roncesvalles. Which made sense. I left SJPP at 9:00 a.m. and arrived in Valcarlos as the noon church bells were ringing. Which left me lots of time to look about. Valcarlos has a store dedicated to Jamón here. Not much else. And no snow anywhere along the way or in the mountains (hills) around here. Met an...

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Solo Camino 2019

Mar 28, 2019 - Saint Jean Pied de Port

There is something mystical about arriving at the start of the Camino. Pilgrims anxious but excited, meeting and greeting others, talk about "is the high route open?", stories they have heard about places to stay or not stay and lots of talk about food. It seems to be on everyone's mind. Bayonne is really the start of it all. A French town near the Atlantic coast with a lovely river and fantastic restaurants along a canal. And the train to Saint Jean Pied de Port. The last time I was here the train wasn't running so we had to bus to Saint...

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Solo Camino 2019

Aug 28, 2016 - Larrasonana to Cizur Menor

Humph! I didn't hear my alarm go off this morning at 0500, but I do hear hear someone elses at 0540. We hit the trail at 0615, which is still ok, in the dark. The downside comes about 5 kms into the walk. We were following the road and missed the turnoff, arrow, shell, way marking of some sort to take the trail. The road went up the mountain about 3 kms. Nice scenery with lots of forrest and logs everywhere stacked up. Reminiscent of British Columbia last year on my bike ride, going thru logging country. About half way up the hill, since we...

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Walking with Dad

Aug 27, 2016 - Ronsavalles to Larasonia

Today was a long day of walking-27 kms worth. We started at 0745, and ended at 1830 ish. This was too long of a day for Dad, and much too hot. I felt fully recovered this morning, and it has carried through for the entire day. Dad was proud to kick my ass the first day. I am only too happy to hand it back to him!Todays walk was mostly uphill to sort of flat, and in the shade for the better part. It looked like the end was supposed to be flat but, na, it ends uphill, and the end of the day was hot. Once we checked into the hostel, we walked...

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Walking with Dad

Aug 26, 2016 - The Challenge Begins, Destination Ronsavalles

August 26, 2017 We are up at 0540, along with a number of others that are anxious to get an early start to their Camino. We are out the door by 0600, and stop at the bakery which has just opened for the day. We have a couple treats each along with some black coffee, and the we are off! The first 6 kms are on pavement. Mostly rolling hills, and not too bad. The next 9 kms, are all on a dirt path. This is where the fun begins today. It's mostly straight uphill, and a challenge, but I am managing fine. The next, and last 10 kms of the day are...

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Apr 12, 2015 - St Jean Pied de Port

Reunited with my bag I flew down to Biarritz today and caught a bus to my Camino starting point; St John Pied de Port. Its the cutest little French market town in the foothills of the Pyrenees which separates France and Spain. In St Jean you can buy most last minute items, like sunscreen...or Nutella. Given I was expecting extreme cold and it was 27 degrees today I bought shorts! St Jean Pied de Port is the traditional starting point for the Camino Frances, and the most popular Camino route. There are so many route guidebooks, maps and...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Stage 10 Navarrenx to St Jean Pied De Port 61km 7 sept 2014

Stage 10 Navarrenx to St Jean de Pied de Port 61k 7 September 2014 (Father's Day) Petit dejeneur Corn flakes Yoghurt, bread, croissants, jams Cheese & ham Orange juice & coffee The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 47.5e plus tax .7 (44e for 3 sharing one room) The weather 14 to 30  The ride - the Pyrenees are a great tease We ride thru the ramparts of the town across the Pau in soup like fog which lasts almost till morning tea (25k) St Palais. All along the Pyrenees are in the distance beckoning us. We make the outskirts of St Jean de Pied de...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Travelling through France

We left Fayennce, vai a highly recommended bakery shop. It was a beautiful drive along the coastline. We were able to stop for a picnic lunch on a seaside spit. The sun was shining so again, life felt good. Wayne continue to drive us along the coast guided by Google Maps. Around the 6 hour mark of our 5.5 journey, we all thought we should head to the highway. Donna navigated us up to Toulouse, the night's destination. We went through about a dozen toll booths. You can probably hear the cries from our car.But we got there safely just after 8...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Beginning The Camino Frances :We did it!

We started out at 7:45 with day just beginning to break.I just love walking at this time of day so felt very invigorated (even though sleep the previous night had been more off than on. We figure I am reacting to all these old , moldy buildings. Beside my coughing spells, I do alright as inbetween sleep ,I meditated resulting in a restful feeling. I just need to make sure I don't keep John awake.) The first hour of the trail eased us gently upwards through small communities and rolling hills.Then the slope steepened as we climbed up...

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Sep 15, 2013 - Camino ... A week on the road

Hi everyone, wifi connections have not been as prevalent as I anticipated and when found, the signal is often weak ... thus the lack of presence on the blog. A week ago today I started out from St. Jean Pied de Port, a pretty little town on the French side of the Pyrenees. I could not have picked a better albergue to stay in ... Esprit du Chemin (the spirit of The Way). A warm welcome awaits those pilgrims you have thought to book ahead. A welcoming dinner, a ritual at this albergue, brings everyone to the table at 7.oo pm. A toast is...

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Dec 9, 2011 - Road trip into the Pyrenees

Road trip today. Going to a small place in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains called Saint Jean Pied de Port. Its about 60km SE of Biarritz. Looks like it could be an interesting drive. According to the towns website Saint Jean Pied de Port was an important town along an ancient trade route from France to Spain. The road takes us along narrow valley SE from Biarritz. There are towering hills on both sides of the valley - I say hills because, although quite high, probably not high enough to class them as mountains (makes Castle Hill...

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Aug 17, 2007 - St. Palais - St. Jean Pied de Port

Om half negen zitten wij aan het ontbijt. Aan de bar staan enkele bejaarde Basken. Met hun achterwerk staan zij bijna tegen het mandje stokbrood op de ontbijttafel. Op dit uur drinken zij geen alcoholvrije drankjes. Langzaamaan vult de ruimte zich met steeds meer Basken, de meeste met zwarte alpinopet op. In het midden van een lange tafel zit een oude Bask met een fles witte wijn voor zich. Hij drinkt bijna niet en praat niet met anderen. Pas als anderen naast hem gaan zitten en hij hun de fles wijn toeschuift, ontstaat contact. De anderen...

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