This picture was taken by Neil, he is trying to restore The Abbey of Eskerols and Ilarratz, the Parish Church of Santa Lucia. We had a lovely 1/2 hour blether with him very interesting. Some of the other sites we seen along the way were beautiful wild orchids, 20 caterpillars walking along head to tail, it actually looked like one unless you looked closely.
We left Larrasoana just after 8:00 this morning walking through many small villages into Basque Country walking to Zuriain, where we had sent our luggage but alas the hostel was closed today and they sent our backpacks on another 3 1/2k to Zabaldika to the Albergue Monastery. Beautiful spot but what a climb up from the road only 250m especially since we were just about done by the time we got to the road. We could have walked up the steep drive but we decided to go the pilgrims way.
Tomorrow we head for Pamplona.
Just an easy, compared to the last couple of days, walk to Espinal. The rain came down, the wind howled but we got through and seen some lovely horses with their foals running in the field. Have a wash in the dryer so all is good
Arrived at Roncesvalles, we thought our first day was bad try 10 hours, exhausted does not cover it, but we did it. The first thing we did was take our boots off and free the old tootsies. Lovely meal and right to ded.
From St Jean Pied de Port to Orisson, most people take around 2 1/2 to 3 hours, it took us 5 hours just as well we were not in a race. We still don’t know how we did it but we did. It was hard uphill all the way and one part was very muddy and stony. While at Orisson we encountered many people and and a lovely time.
Picture taken outside our hotel room, ready to go. The weather seems quite nice not to cold. We are a wee bit nervous as seemingly today is the worst day…but we are up for it and looking forward to what is ahead. Will update when we get to Orisson, all being well and we have internet there.