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Day 1, Tuesday, October 8

Absolutely wonderful day for crossing the Pyrenees. Don't forget to turn on the sound.
 
Starting out on the Camino on October 10. Still in St. Jean Pied de Port

Starting out on the Camino on October 10. Still in St. Jean Pied de Port

 
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"La Porte d'Espagne" - the Spanish gate. Where the Camino officially starts in St. Jean Pied de Port. Before you head up the Pyrenees.

 
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"La Porte d'Espagne" - the Spanish gate. Where the Camino officially starts in St. Jean Pied de Port. Before you head up the Pyrenees.

 
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"La Porte d'Espagne" - the Spanish gate. Where the Camino officially starts in St. Jean Pied de Port. Before you head up the Pyrenees.

 
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"La Porte d'Espagne" - the Spanish gate. Where the Camino officially starts in St. Jean Pied de Port. Before you head up the Pyrenees.

 
Pilgrims heading up Route Napoleon to cross the Pyrenees. Beautiful weather on the first day.

Pilgrims heading up Route Napoleon to cross the Pyrenees. Beautiful weather on the first day.

 
Pilgrims heading up Route Napoleon to cross the Pyrenees. Beautiful weather on the first day.

Pilgrims heading up Route Napoleon to cross the Pyrenees. Beautiful weather on the first day.

 
View of the mountains from the climb up the Pyrenees.

View of the mountains from the climb up the Pyrenees.

 
Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

 
Beautiful scenery when ascending to the pass between France and Spain via Route Napoleon.

Beautiful scenery when ascending to the pass between France and Spain via Route Napoleon.

 
Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

 
Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

 
Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

Climbing the Pyrenees. Not exactly rock climbing but the pulse gets up and you get to sweat.

 
Other pilgrims walking up Route Napoleon. Beautfiful view into France

Other pilgrims walking up Route Napoleon. Beautfiful view into France

 
Beautfiful view into France

Beautfiful view into France

 
Route Napoleon, still in France. Bright sunny day. Beautiful

Route Napoleon, still in France. Bright sunny day. Beautiful

 
Nice water hole on Route Napoleon. Still in France

Nice water hole on Route Napoleon. Still in France

 
Route Napoleon. France

Route Napoleon. France

 
Beautiful flowers near the Camino in France. Not at the top of the Pyrenees yet.

Beautiful flowers near the Camino in France. Not at the top of the Pyrenees yet.

 
The first of many milestones with remembrance stones

The first of many milestones with remembrance stones

 
The first of many milestones with remembrance stones

The first of many milestones with remembrance stones

 
The first of many milestones with remembrance stones

The first of many milestones with remembrance stones

 
Still in France. Approaching the top of the Pyrenees.

Still in France. Approaching the top of the Pyrenees.

 
Sheep in France

Sheep in France

 
We thought this was the border with Saint statues but it was not. La Vierge de Biakorri

We thought this was the border with Saint statues but it was not. La Vierge de Biakorri

 
Lovely grass field in front of the the Saint statues, La Vierge de Biakorri

Lovely grass field in front of the the Saint statues, La Vierge de Biakorri

 
Lovely grass field in front of the Saint statues, La Vierge de Biakorri

Lovely grass field in front of the Saint statues, La Vierge de Biakorri

 
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Saint statues at "La Vierge de Biakorri", shortly before the Spanish border

 
Eagles flying in the wind

Eagles flying in the wind

 
Eagles flying in the wind

Eagles flying in the wind

 
Eagles flying in the wind

Eagles flying in the wind

 
Cruz de Thibault

Cruz de Thibault

 
Cruz de Thibault. In memory of resistance people tortured to death during WW2.

Cruz de Thibault. In memory of resistance people tortured to death during WW2.

 
View of the Pyrenees

View of the Pyrenees

 
View of the Pyrenees

View of the Pyrenees

 
View of the Pyrenees

View of the Pyrenees

 
765 km to go according to this sign at the French side of the border. Here St. James is \

765 km to go according to this sign at the French side of the border. Here St. James is "Saint-Jacques". We call him "Jacob" and so do the Germans

 
Finally at the French-Spanish border, \

Finally at the French-Spanish border, "Fuente de Roldán". The lady is Australian, I found out.

 
The French-Spanish border, \

The French-Spanish border, "Fuente de Roldán". No passport control

 
The French-Spanish border, \

The French-Spanish border, "Fuente de Roldán". No passport control for humans. But animals have to demonstrate ability to cross that grid

 
Into Spain

Into Spain

 
Beautiful autumn day when entering Spain through wood.

Beautiful autumn day when entering Spain through wood.

 
Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. We started out in 300 meters at Saint Jean Pied de Port

Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. We started out in 300 meters at Saint Jean Pied de Port

 
Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

 
Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

 
Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

 
Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

Hilly landscape. Still in the Pyrenees at some 1400 meter altitude. Beautiful autumn colours.

 
Fortín Wellington. Finally we reached the top. Now it is downhill. Which turned out to be more difficult than uphill.

Fortín Wellington. Finally we reached the top. Now it is downhill. Which turned out to be more difficult than uphill.

 
Horses in the mountains. No fences, we could tell. Wonder how they catch them. With food, probably

Horses in the mountains. No fences, we could tell. Wonder how they catch them. With food, probably

 
Downhill through wood into Spain towards Roncevalles.

Downhill through wood into Spain towards Roncevalles.

 
The monastery at Roncevalle where I ended up sleeping. It had but large dormitories.

The monastery at Roncevalle where I ended up sleeping. It had but large dormitories.

 
Sign next to the monastery. This is via road, though, not the Camino.

Sign next to the monastery. This is via road, though, not the Camino.

 
My German friend, Stefan, with whom I drank a beer at Roncevalles. Well then another, then .. I think we stopped at 5. Boy, it was good. Stefan and I are still in contact.

My German friend, Stefan, with whom I drank a beer at Roncevalles. Well then another, then .. I think we stopped at 5. Boy, it was good. Stefan and I are still in contact.

 
A dormitory at Roncevalles. 100 beds in each but lots of privacy. No gender separation. Excellent quality, excellent bathrooms. I think they have a total of more than 500 beds. Run by voluntaries. No complaints about my snoring....

A dormitory at Roncevalles. 100 beds in each but lots of privacy. No gender separation. Excellent quality, excellent bathrooms. I think they have a total of more than 500 beds. Run by voluntaries. No complaints about my snoring....