Camino Frances Journal – Day 1

Two years ago today, I was walking the Camino Frances. While on the trail, I didn’t really post all that often; therefore, for the next 38 days, I will be posting a little blurb from my journal and up to 10 photos (not necessarily the best pictures but more that they represent that day in some particular way). Today is day 1 – April 21st. St. Jean-Pied-du-Port to Orisson (Pyrenees)

The real day one! …

Morning was spent packing, breakfasting at L’Espirit du Chemin, wandering a bit of SJPdP with two German women (citadel and a boutique where I got a pewter shell for my pack), and checking out the pilgrims’ office. …

Robin (an American) and I decided it would be nice to tackle the mountain [Pyrenees] with someone so we joined forces. It was quickly apparent that she got the short end of the stick as I suck on hills and she is pretty good on them since she trained in the Cascades Mountains near her hometown of Seattle. The walk to Orisson is 8km and it took us 4 hours. The elevation gain to someone who lives in a valley is brutal. But the day was lovely weather-wise and view-wise. Views are exactly why I do silly things like climb the Pyrenees with a 19lbs pack.

 

8 responses to “Camino Frances Journal – Day 1

  1. Kendra, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about day one and the photos are stunning. Looking forward to the next 38 days!

  2. Hi Kendra, I am catching up on my reading! you are bringing back such wonderful memories! my husband and I took 4 hrs to walk to Orisson as well, in an afternoon of 30 degree heat, after riding the train in the morning into St. Jean! silly of us to plan the first day like that, but we made it, and it was beautiful… thanks for sparking these memories!

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