We are now in SJPP for a rest day. The last three days have been a long, 9-10 hour, walks with steep ascents and difficult declines. They have already become a blur in my short term memory. So, I will try to summarize as best I can.
We have continued to cross paths with the same threesome from France and the couple from England. All 8 of us in the same hostel one night. Another night we shared a charming farmhouse the the British couple, where we shared a dinner expertly prepared by Mika.
These days included lots more mud, steep hills, and postcard vistas. A good deal of the walking, especially the descents, has been technical. Having to watch each footstep provides many opportunities to stop in order to take in the scenery, as well as keep an eye on the trail markers.
I am so happy to be traveling with An & Mika. We have shared food, stories, and laughter even when we’ve fallen in the mud. The Camino seems to ask people to bare the lives and sometimes their souls with each other in ways they never would at home.
Lunch with a view.
At the top after a 300 meter uphill slog on muddy ruts interspersed with shale and rock outcroppings we are rewarded with a breathtaking view that made me giddy. It is impossible task to describe the beauty here in the Pyrenees among these picturesque farms.