Day 5 Pamplona to Puente la Reina Oct 3

Linda and I climbed the hill into the ramparts of the walled city in the early morning light and stopped to look at the view across the wide valley and over to the ridge that we suspected we would be climbing then we entered the old city and followed the scallop shells in the cobblestonesContinue reading “Day 5 Pamplona to Puente la Reina Oct 3”

Day 3 Oct 1 Roncesvalles to Zubiri

We left the beautiful old monastery in Roncesvalles after breakfast. We were among the last to leave. We stop at the road sign ‘ Santiago de Compostela 790k.  The guidebook says 751. So does this mean the ‘Way’ is a shortcut? It is a thick Scottish mist intermingled with rain. It is a hilly sectionContinue reading “Day 3 Oct 1 Roncesvalles to Zubiri”

Day 1 St Jean Pied du Port to Orrison, September 29

Day 1 can be summed up: OMG! Which when you think about it, is exactly what pilgrimages are all about: Oh My God, please forgive me for I have sinned….. Only 8k but 7.9 was all uphill. 3 hours to go 8 k. Some of the grades are 45%! Steffen took the lead, and weContinue reading “Day 1 St Jean Pied du Port to Orrison, September 29”