Day 1 – St Jean Pied de Port to Orisson

Day 1 – St Jean Pied de Port to Orisson

Date: 2 September 2018

Departure Time: 7:05 am
Arrival Time: 09:50 am
Distance: 8 kms
Cumulative Distance: 8kms
Percentage Completed: 1%
Accommodation: Refuge  Orisson
Weather: Sunny, beautiful day 17 degrees

 

We awoke with a mixture of excitement and apprehension as today was the start of the Camino for us. We walked uphill from St Jean Pied de Port to Refuge Orisson which snuggles halfway up the Pyrenees. We were so lucky to have magnificent weather in an area noted for the unpredictability of the walking conditions. Refuge Orisson offers dormitory style accommodation, and we bunked down with 2 Canadians and 2 Americans. 

The group evening meal and breakfast introduced us to pilgrims from many countries. Surprisingly there were no other Australians.

The walk to Orisson was only 8 kilometres but was extremely gruelling uphill. 

Leaving St Jean Pied de Port
Leaving St Jean Pied de Port
Walking up the Pyrenees at daybreak
Pyrenee livestock 

Low lying cloud on the Pyrenees

Relaxing after a strenuous day

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