Day 1 - The First Day

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September 26th 2012
Published: September 26th 2012
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Where it all begins.
Route: St Jean Pied de Port - Roncesvalles

After a somewhat sleepless night due to jetlag and continuous rain, I started out very early (6.30 AM) by taxi from Roncesvalles to St Jean Pied de Port; a distance of about 25 km by car. It was still raining when I left the hotel. Not a good feeling. Gradually the rain stopped when I came to St Jean. A tremendous relief.

Once in St Jean Pied de Port, registered at the pilgrims office and was given my passport and shell that identifies you as a pilgrim. The day was not easy. A long uphill road followed by a very short steep downhill. All in all, 27 km completed in 6.15 hours. Tremendous winds high in the Pyrenees that made you lose the feeling in your hands. Spectacular views all over the walk. Fortunately the rain stayed away, and at the end of the trip even the sun made an appearance. All in all a great first day.

I think I made the right decision to leave my larger backpack in Roncesvalles and just walked with my small camelback.

Dinner "pelegrino" was served this evening at the local restaurant. Simple but great and cheap food.(Euro 9 to 12 for three courses and wine). As it turns out, this is the price range charged all along the Camino for a pilgrim's menu)

After dinner to mass and now to an early night to recuperate some of the sleep I missed last night.

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Lots of them around. From afar they look like white rocks on the hill. Closer up you hear the bells around their necks. Nice sound.

26th September 2012

de kop er af
Dus de kop is er af! Als je je grote rugzak hebt achtergelaten, heb je dan wel genoeg bij je?
27th September 2012

Quite an amazing first day. Nothing better to lift your spirits than a mountain on your first day. What is the temperature over there? Desde Aca leemos con mucho atencion tus aventuras, Gloria Mia Andrea y yo. Animo!
28th September 2012

Gelukkig heb je mooie vergezichten! Hoe komt jouw andere bagage nu bij jou? Ga je nu iedere keer naar de kerk ook ? Sterkte met het lopen! Kees

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