06/08 – Over the Pyrenees

Part of the path over the Mountain - day 1

Part of the path over the Mountain – day 1

Landed in Roncesvalles, Spain after trekking 15.6 miles over the 4,700 ft pass.  This first stage was a very difficult steep hike.  The scenery was spectacular; like walking in a postcard.

I started after up all night with a stomach bug.  As a result we stayed over night on the mountain.

The Camino attracts people from all over the world.  They come from South Korea, France, Ireland, uS, Australia and everywhere.  I’m not sure of the attraction but it is a magnet for many people for many reasons to walk.  Last night we broke bread with people of many nationalities with multiple languages.  Somehow we could all communicate.  Last night we made friends with Sandra and Sheena from Ireland and had lots of laughs.  I hope we don’t impact US /Irish relations.

It seems if we all broke bread together we would have less conflict

474.7 miles to Santiago.

First group dinner at our first Albergue in Orisson.  This is where we first met Shayna from Ireland

First group dinner at our first Albergue in Orisson. This is where we first met Shayna from Ireland

Coimg down the Mountain nearing Roncesvalles, Spain

Coimg down the Mountain nearing Roncesvalles, Spain

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