End of the Day ~ May 14, 2018

• Monday, May 14, 2018, Day #4

• Gernika

• Distance 12.3 miles; total 60.6 miles

• 1,452’ ascent and 2,502’ descent; 30% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

• Weather: 55 degrees; partly cloudy

End of the day,

Not much space,

And yet an abundance

Of good companionship.

1st Ibiri Auzoa

2nd Ibiri Auzoa

3rd Monasterio de Zenarruza

Thermal Bathes ~ June 5, 2016

  • Day 36, Day 33 (Camino)
  • Lurbe-Saint-Christau
  • Distance: 13 miles (40% tarmac) 478 total miles
  • Ascent 1,710 feet and descent 1,658 feet
  • Time: 7 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 65-78 degrees, blue skies with white clouds

We’ll leave the lights on for you…and the did. I’m the only guest at Résidence Le Saint Christau Thermes. It’s just me and my yellow backpack in this enormous inn.

Unfortunately, I’m too early in the season for the thermal baths. Shucks.

  1. Lurbe-Saint-Christau
  2. Lurbe-Saint-Christau
  3. Lurbe-Saint-Christau

Cotton Sheets ~ June 4, 2016

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • Day 35, Day 32 (Camino)
  • Estialescq
  • Distance: 14 1/2 miles (10% tarmac) 465 total miles
  • Ascent 2,007 feet and descent 1,685 feet
  • Time: 7 1:2 hours
  • Weather: 65-78 degrees, overcast

Even this pilgrim needs pressed cotton sheets and a home cooked dinner every so often.

  1. Estialescq – Chambre d’hôtes Maison Naba
  2. Estialescq – Chambre d’hôtes Maison Naba
  3. Estialescq – Chambre d’hôtes Maison Naba

Lamb Chops ~ June 3, 2016

  • Friday, June 3, 2016
  • Day 34 (Day 31 Camino)
  • Lescar
  • Distance: 22 miles (40% tarmac) 450 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,341 feet and descent 1,571 feet
  • Time: 10 hours!
  • Weather: 65-78 degrees, Overcast. Feet stayed dry😻

Lamb chops…

Unlike the uniform spacing of pearls on a necklace, the spacing between the Gîtes is not uniform. There can be huge gaps between Gîtes. Today I walk either 9 miles or 22 miles; hence, the long miles for today.

  1. Towards Lescar
  2. Towards Lescar
  3. Towards Lescar

Yoga a’la Gîte ~ May 28, 2016

  1. Saturday, May 28, 2016
  2. Auch
  3. Distance: 17 miles (35% tarmac) 363 1/2 total miles
  4. Ascent 1,870 feet and descent 2,024 feet
  5. Time: 9 1/2 hours
  6. Weather: 60-75 degrees, blue skies becoming overcast…75% humidity

Supreme Gîte. The host did the cement work and the hostess the tile mosaics.  It has a separate building designated for yoga. Yes, I did my Mysore practice to the astonishment of others.

  1. Leaving l’Isle-Arné – Gîte de Lamothe
  2. Leaving l’Isle-Arné – Gîte de Lamothe
  3. Leaving l’Isle-Arné – Gîte de Lamothe

Abort ~ May 27, 2016

  • Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Day 27 (Day 24 Camino)
  • L’Isle-Arne
  • Distance: 12 miles (40% tarmac) 346 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,081 feet and descent 1,156 feet
  • Time: 6 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 50-75 degrees, overcast becoming blue sky with white clouds…humid

Desiring to savor my moments on the Camino, I’ve decided to abort my agenda in favor of a slower pace, less mileage, and more relaxation. Rather than be driven by a destination, I’ll make the most of the day.

Looks like I’ve become the company of eight French nurses who hike a week’s segment of the Camino each year (I haven’t done the math to figure out how many years that will take) and two German women who travel with a Canadian man

  1. Towards L’Isle-Arne
  2. Towards L’Isle-Arne – Joining the nurses for a picnic
  3. Towards L’Isle-Arne – A German and Canadian who have mastered the art of walking the Camino. By the time I’d arrive, they had found a spot in the sun with a Heiniken close at hand.

World Leaders & Gîtes ~ May 26, 2016

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • Day 26 (Day 23 Camino)
  • Giscaro
  • Distance: 19 miles (20% tarmac) 334 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,768 feet and descent 1,717 feet
  • Time: 9 hours
  • Weather: 50-75 degrees, overcast

Pilgrims have commonality. We all walk to a destination with no more then we can carry on our back. In the evening we come together at gîtes sharing our walk and a bit of ourselves. Respect for privacy, possessions, dining, sleeping habits, and comfort are common qualities shared at the gîtes.

Would the world’s leaders learn more of peace and harmony by walking with no more they can carry on theirs back and sharing bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens with people from different countries?

  1. Léguevin – Accueil pèlerins Gîte communal Maison Saint-Jacques
  2. Towards Giscaro – Gîte du Grangé
  3. Towards Giscaro – Locals