Despite our pledges to be quicker in the morning, we didn't get on the road until about 8:30. We saw many signposts for the Camino along the route and knew we were getting closer to the traditional starting point for the Camino Frances. Very early on we could tell that ths stage wouldn't be as flat as the day before -- after all, we were cycling towards the Pyrenees! In Peyrehorade we encountered the first few sharp hills and could see that the terrain was pretty rolling, and very green.
|Signs in the French Basque Country|
|Pausing to consider the wet rocks ahead.|
In St Jean we chatted to a British/French couple who were on a tour of the Basque country (cycling) who told us that some of the albergues were already full! We headed to the Association des Amis de St Jacques which was full of Pilgrims arriving and starting their journey. They told us about the two options for crossing the Pyrenees, either on the roads or on the walkers' route, and the advantages of disadvantages of both. We decided to see how the weather was and to make our final decision in the morning. They also had an albergue - 8 euros for bed and breakfast.
|At the gate to St Jean Pied de Port|
|In the garden of the albergue|
|St Jean Pied de Port|
After making some sandwiches to take with us for the climb and chatting with some Spaniards in the albergue, we went to bed amidst snores and funny smells. We were now officially on the Camino Frances and tomorrow we'd cross the Pyrenees and enter Spain.
Stats for the day:
Moving time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Stopped time: 1 hour 43 minutes
Moving average: 17 kph
Overall average: 12.9 kph
Max speed: 54.2 kph