It felt sad leaving St. Jean Pied de Port this morning. The other hikers in the gîte were off to begin the camino. They were up very early and some left without taking time for breakfast. They’ll learn. I’d been launched back into memories of previous trips, a warm and comfortable place. Walking out of town on my own and in the opposite direction from the camino felt like leaving an old family behind.
But the GR10 family grew today. Several hikers joined at St. Jean Pied de Port. A few days ago when I met Vincent, the French hiker, I said that the first bit starting at Hendaye is disappointing. He has done all of the GR10 except for the bit from Hendaye to SJPP and was doing that bit so he could say he’d done it all. He agreed that the first bit is disappointing and if you don’t need to say you’ve done the whole thing, starting in SJPP is a good idea.
Good day today, great weather and not very long. I’m in an isolated gîte tonight, not in a town. Staying here instead of the nearest town cuts a little distance off the stage tomorrow which is a hard day with a lot of climbing. No internet so this won’t be posted today.