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El Camino: Day 2 (Roncesvalles to Zubiri)

Posted on 15 September 2012 by christie

Sign to Santiago

Wow…790 kilometers on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela!

As the alarm on my watch continuously beeped, we both looked at each other, and said, “how the hell are we going to walk 22 kilometers today?”. Walking from Saint Jean through the Pyrenees Mountains to Roncesvalles, left us with super tight legs and sore feet. We did some morning stretches in bed and psyched ourselves to muscle through the 22 kilometer walk to Zubiri. As we started down the path, the road sign indicated 790 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela…Wow we have a long way to go!

Leaving Roncesvalles we walked 3 kilometers through Sorginaritzaga Forest, meaning “Oak Grove of Witches”. Some of the most well-known witches of the 16th century were held here and nine were burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft. At the end of the forest we discovered a tall structure with a cross at the top called Cruz Blanca, meaning “White Cross”. It’s a symbol of divine protection and was placed here to purify the forest from any evil. Continue Reading

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El Camino: Day 1 (Saint Jean, France to Roncesvalles, Spain)

Posted on 14 September 2012 by christie

Christie climbing the Camino

The first day…Christie climbing the Pyrenees on the Camino

The hardest decision we had to make today was whether we would lunch in France or Spain? We elected Spain, of course! We knew the first day of the Camino was going to be the toughest. We set out early from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to begin our trek through the Pyrenees Mountains. We met many pilgrims on the road as we stepped out of our albergue at 7:30am sunrise. It felt surreal that we were actually doing 800 kilometers on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

I can’t lie, I was quite nervous about this first day trekking 28 kilometers over the steep Pyrenees Mountains into Spain. The highest point we were expected to reach is 1,890 meters. The initial 8 kilometers ascent led us through green farm pastures with sheep, horses and country homes perched high in the Pyrenees. The refugio at Orisson was the first major stop where some pilgrims decided to stay overnight and tackle the rest of the 20km mountains the following day. Continue Reading

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