Subject: Leaving St. Jean our 1st Day walking.
Today was grueling, we left St. Jean at 7am,in the rain, pouring rain. We immediately started walking uphill, and that continued for19 kilometers, then finally, thankfully, the last 8 kilometers were mostly down hill. It was difficult. I don’t do well on hills and our backpacks are overweight at the moment. so it was slow going. We want to send things home that we got in Paris, and the extra things we packed and that we are now asking ourselves why. But we cant find a place that we can post from. That’s why we are carrying so much weight.
After we dragged our tired hurting bodies to the next albergue we checked in and bought some tickets for the evenings pilgrim meal, thankfully they excepted a credit card. which was pretty nice. When we left St. Jean, no breakfast and no place to eat along the way. We were super hungry. I did pack dried fruit and granola bars, but we never really ate the day before either. Al was starting to look at me kinda funny so I’m glad we finally got to sit down and eat a decent meal. It was tough in France, we ate out twice, and only got omelets. I know, boring, I tried to talk Al into getting escargot,which was a special that night, but no luck.
Anyway enough about that. Here’s some stats of what we did today; we walked 25.1, which adjusted for climb comes out to 32 km. the accrued ascent was 1.390m. The high point that we reached was Col de Leopeder at 1,450m which is 4,757 feet.
Here are some pics of that day.
Allen also has something to say;
Definitely grueling. I thought we weren’t going to make it through the day. I realized that I should have gotten more euros before we hit Spain. So far no banks no ATMs, and everyone wants cash. We are hungry, tired and basically broke. When we finally got to the end of our walk that day we stayed at this monastery that was only 12 euros for the 2 of us but that meant we couldn’t eat that night. We did check out the dinning hall which turned out to have this huge resultant connected to it that happily took a credit card. We ended up having a great pilgrims meal with people from all over the world. A pilgrims meal us usually 3 courses, there was a soup course, I think carrot, then pork cutlets and fries and it ended with yogurt. It was fantastic. Not just the food, which was good but the company as well. Then we were off to our bunks.
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