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Apr 2, 2018 - St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

Day 1 - El Camino Starting elevation - 170m, Max elevation - 1060m. Weather - a beautiful, partly cloudy 17 degrees. Late wind gusts. We were up early and out the door of our Gite at 7.15 - still dark! After a quick wander through St Jean and fill up of water bottles at the fountain, we were on the road - literally. The Napoleon route was 1m under snow and not recommended. So via Valcarlos it was. The first section was on the main road. Then, undulating country lanes to Arneguy and Valcarlos, popping back and forth over the Spanish/French...

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May 9, 2015 - st Jean Pied de port - Ronceveaux

english message follows. Et Voilà, première étape réalisée de Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port à Ronceveaux. On m'avait dit que ce serait une étape dure.Je confirme. C'est 15 km de montée rude pour arriver au col et descente terrible sur un chemin caillouteux.Cela m'a rappelé mes classes à l'armée où il fallait trouver cette énergie cachée en soi lorsque la tête et les jambes commençaient à dire stop. Dès les premiers km on sait que l'on n'est pas sur un chemin normal. Tout le monde se parle sans ce connaître. J'ai fait un bout de route avec une...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Roncesvalles 1

30 March 2014 – Roncesvalles Second day on the trail. The first day we walked to Valcarlos and then we went over the Col today and down into Roncesvalles. Along the way we came across fishermen and I thought of my brother Tommy. I read this quote about walking the Camino in a blog site: Spaniards have this marvelous saying: «Para llegar a Santiago de Compostela como un joven, empieza el Camino como un viejo» – If you wish to arrive in Santiago de Compostela like a young person, begin the Camino like an old man.“. I rather like it. It...

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Sep 15, 2013 - St Jean Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles

Although I had set the alarm for 7:30 to make sure that we would be up for breakfast at 8:00 there was no need. Our fellow travellers, probably due to jet lag, were up and making enough noise to wake the dead by 6:00 or so. During the night I was woken by a massive clap of thunder and I lay awake waiting for more but none was forthcoming. Apparently it had rained heavily but I wasn't aware of that. Breakfast was a jolly affair with everyone keen to get moving and we were all down at the bus, backpacks loaded with warm and wet weather gear...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Bilbao to Roncesvalles

Today we met our 24 new travelling companions who will be with us for the next 16 days. There are 21 people on our tour of the Camino, besides us, and 3 tour leaders, Garry, Deb and Pedro. The bus collected us from our hotel in Bilbao at 3:30pm and we set off for Roncesvalles near the French border arriving at 7:30. There is not much to Roncesvalles and Maree and I took a quick walk around the village in about 10 minutes. There is a museum and a few other things to look into but we will leave that till tomorrow, meanwhile it is time for a...

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May 24, 2013 - Dos días caminando

Quick note: started in Roncesvalles on Wednesday, 6/22, with freezing rain and wind. Nice stay in the albergue there. Thursday, up early to get going to Larrasoaña, 28 km. More rain and some steep climbs on muddy trails, but all in all, a great first day walking. Today from Larrasoaña, after a cold night in a damp albergue, a 20.4 km walk to Cizur Menor, just west of Pamplona. Sun came out for first time in 4-5 days this afternoon, so we pilgrims are happy! ¡Buenas tardes!

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Jul 29, 2009 - Foot Forward

The joy of walking is in the stepping out along an unknown path, knowing, however, that the day’s trek will usually reward one with a sensory palate; vistas; natural beauty; a surprising structure; flora; fauna; fellow trampers; diverse weather and difficulties. The first day of any long distance walk is full of anticipation and perhaps some trepidation. It is usually also a little difficult because one has to crank up, so to speak, and get into the rhythm of the way. Our first day was no exception. The day awoke in beauty and remained that...

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Jul 27, 2009 - Roncesvalles to Pamplona.. first 50kms (first cut is the deepest..)

RONCESVALLES - ZUBIRI - LARRASOANYA - ARRE - PAMPLONA Day One, as Lance Armstrong put it in his book 'Was all about the Bike'.. Ah yes, my Trusty Steed for the three week trip. It was important we got acquainted as we would be in close contact for most of it! I christened my two wheeled friend, Rocinante, the same name as Don Quijote's horse. I was lucky from the start. MUCHAS GRACIAS to Alberto from Barcelona who on seeing my face of TERROR/PANIC in Pamplona when the bus driver asked us cyclists to remove the front wheel before putting...

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May 1, 2008 - The start!

Hi all, With major jet-lag & butterfly's - no, testy hummingbirds in my stomach, I walked to the train station to go to Pamplona. The next thing I know I'm surrounded by spirited, retired Canadian women. One of whom ran the Madrid marathon yesterday! So we guided ourselves to the start town of Roncesvalles, where we got our Pilgrim Passports, which allow us to stay in the very inexpensive refugios. We attended a special mass which we did not understand, but were glad to receive the special pilgrim blessing, knowing we needed all the help...

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Pilgrim Ann in Spain

May 16, 2006 - Roncesvalles to Zubiri (Day 2 of Yowsers, am I walking on muscle or bones?)

Well, if we thought the Pyrenees was tough we were in for a shock. Not that we had as much elevation to deal with we had a day's hard work behind us and that was just a buildup to more tenderness today. Getting down from the top bunk was just horrendous. Muscles stretched skin = stinging. Oh well, the throbbing feet soon took over. Aunt Barb and I were the last ones out of our 100 bed refugio which was a converted monestary. Ear plugs were a delight to have. Walked a couple of kilometers to the nearest town to have breakfast and bought some...

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Jun 7, 2005 - Roncesvalles the Spain/France border and the Gironde River

On the way out of San Sebastian we missed one of what could have been the highlights of the trip; a concrete museum. No not one made of concrete but one dedicated to it! To quote; the museum takes a look at this contemporary company and how concrete has been used throughout history to shape (ha ha) our world. Too bad we missed that one. We diverted some distance out of the way to go through Roncesvalles and the Alps in the Spain/France border so we could go into some snow for a little change. We had seen snow in the mountains north of...

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