A journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with Just One Step. Chinese Proverb
(In our case, we will walk about 1,000,000 steps over the next 35 days.)
That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger. Friedrich Nietzschke, German Philosopher
Hi All! We are finally at the start of this journey that we have been researching, thinking about and planning for over the last few years. Today’s hike was 15 miles through the Pyrenees Mountain range. It included great views and a fun first day except for a brutal increase in elevation over the last 6 miles of almost 1000 meters that left many Pilgrim casualties on the side of the trail.
The day’s weather changed over our 7 hour journey so our look changed as the layers peeled off and went back on.
Here is the start of the day….
About half way through the day we optimists just knew we were kicking this trails butt! See the mountains in the background … we ended there not as optimistic but stronger…
The last six miles tested our resolve but we made to the top … sore but satisfied.
One mile walk down the other side to Roncesvalles, Spain (pop. 100) with a hostel built out of the medieval cloister space of the adjoining Royal Collegiate Church of Saint Mary. It houses 183 pilgrims in rooms of 2 bunkbeds per room with two other pilgrims for the night. After the pilgrim meal, we are done for the day. A baptism by fire and we are happy to have Day 1 behind us!