At the Top ~ June 7, 2016

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • Day 38 (Day 35 Camino)
  • Col du Somport, SPAIN
  • Distance: 16 1/2 miles (60% tarmac) 510 total miles
  • Ascent 4,526 feet and descent 669 feet
  • Time: 10 hours
  • Weather: 65-75 degrees, blue skies the clouds

What’s at the top?

An artistic metal pilgrim…

My lodging Refuge Aysa…

My clean clothes drying…

  1. Col du Somport
  2. Col du Somport
  3. Col du Somport

Highway N-134 ~ June 6, 2016

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • Day 38 (Day 35 Camino)
  • Col du Somport, SPAIN
  • Distance: 16 1/2 miles (60% tarmac) 510 total miles
  • Ascent 4,526 feet and descent 669 feet
  • Time: 10 hours
  • Weather: 65-75 degrees, blue skies the clouds

Much of today’s walk is along the shoulderless highway of N-134 through the Aspe Valley. It serves traffic to-and-from France and Spain. The climb is steady, twisted, and gradually upward.  Fortunately for walkers, the cars and trucks can’t go very fast.

  1. Towards Col du Somport
  2. Towards Col du Somport
  3. Towards Col du Somport

Pyrenesse and Valley ~ June 6, 2016

  • Monday, June 6, 2016
  • Day 37, (Day 34 Camino)
  • Accous
  • Distance: 13 miles (40% tarmac) 493 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,882 feet and descent 1,353 feet
  • Time: 7 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 65-75 degrees, overcast with late afternoon thunder

The jaggered and elongated Pyrenesse tower over the valley with its rushing river.

  1. Towards Accous
  2. Towards Accous
  3. Towards Accous

Left Rock ~ Day 69 ~ June 14, 2014

Day 69, June 14
16 miles, 834 miles
Altitude: 2,690 feet (4,940 feet highest point on journey)
Weather: sunny 55-85F hot
Molinaseca

Having carried a heart shaped rock from Virginia, I duly left it at the highest point on the Camino, La Cruz de Ferro, altitude 4,490 feet.

Plunging down 2,200 feet, the mid-day heat feels like summer in Prescott, Arizona. The temperature isn’t so high. It’s the intense of the sun that makes it uncomfortable and makes siesta inviting.

A Frenchman commented my appearance was so fresh. I simply smiled without divulging a three day rest at the Monistery.

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Long and Winding Road ~ Day 29 ~ May 5, 2014

Day 29, May 5
17 miles, 344 miles total
Altitude: unlisted
Weather: sunny 58-78F
Manciet

Happy Birthday Christine

It was a long and winding, and long and straight road today. The legs and feet move automatically. Endless vineyards. Many glimpses of the Pyrenees which look capped in Italian meringue.

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