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Published: September 26th 2012
St Jean P de PRoute
Where it all begins.
: 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.
Tot: 0.139s; Tpl: 0.015s; cc: 14; qc: 55; dbt: 0.0149s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb