We were delighted to leave France and begin a beautiful climb the 15.6 miles over the French Pyrenees. I don’t know if it was the familiarity of hiking uphill for hours, or just the beauty of those mountains but it was a spectacular day.
We stayed the night in the new part of the Roncesvalles Albergue which was really nice! The next morning we headed out for Zubiri. We had planned on waking up at 6am to start walking but were woken up at 5 by everyone packing and getting ready to walk. It was a crisp morning like the one before and I think the second most beautiful day of the Camino.
Michael was pretty disappointed to find that the Paso de Roldan was just a small boulder off the side of the trail. It was pretty hilarious. All morning I kept hearing “watch for these cool boulders I read about” only to find one sad rock 🙂 It wasn’t disappointing to see the infamous “Don’t Stop Walking” stop sign though. There were many long days that I would be googling “Camino de Santiago” and find other’s photos of this sign. It was wonderful to be standing there on such a beautiful fall day. That night we found a wonderful little pension (like a b&b) and ended up having lunch and dinner at the same little resturaunt. Once we found the resturaunt we never left, it was a great atmosphere of people from all over the world that we had talked to at different points over the past two days. So we just stayed and chatted (not to mention by this point I was too sore to look for another place to eat).
The next day we headed for Pamplona! To be continued…..