The Way 

After two full travel days I arrived in St. Jean Pied de Port aka St Jean at the foot of the hill. 
I was taken aback by the large number “older” pilgrims — I’m also in my upper middle age — they’re everywhere!

They come from various countries and backgrounds. This photo shows the anxiety caused by a late bus in Bayonne, FR.
Eventually, and just a little wet I found my hostel in St Jean:

Dead tired, I fell asleep alone and awoke the next morning with four roommates–all German. Today I shared breakfast with Canadians, Swedes, Germans and Irish. It’s a virtual United Nations along “The Way”.
The streets were crawling with pilgrims at 7:30 am:

 It seemed impossible to get lost or misdirected, yet I did. Only off by a few blocks I soon got my “sea legs” and headed into the countryside. I choose not to take the path through the Pyrenees due to cold, wind, snow and a saturating fog:

 Instead I opted for the route taken by the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne nearly 1,200 years ago:

 Not much rain, lots of earthy odors and many sites to behold:

This slug was amazing and almost four inches long and these creatures are all along the route:

This is sheep and cow country too — many carry bells:


 And now I wander:

Bueno Camino










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I'm retired. Travel a lot.
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4 Responses to The Way 

  1. Sue says:

    Wow – are you currently hiking The Camino Real or posting from back home?
    Would be on my list if…
    Read Shirley Maclaine’s book about her hike and saw that documentary about it at Film Fest a few years back. Hope there is more to come. (Coincidentally, just watched lecture on Charlemagne on YouTube.)

  2. Karen Peterson says:

    Glad to here you made it safely and are on your way. Pictures are wonderful. Wish I was walking with you. Keep us posted along your journey.

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