The ascent is steep, thus is may still prove to be a fair challenge for the untrained. Remember your sunscreen, if the sun is out it will be strong.
If you have chosen The Napoleon route, Orisson is a good place to stay.
Remember of you don't want the same lunch and dinner, to ask what is the dinner before you order lunch.
Get your clothes out to dry as fast as possible as it will not dry much in the night, due to the cold and often moist mountain air.
Set out from here soon enough that you can reach Roncevaux before 3pm. They have like 280 beds, but everyone comes through here, and the monastery is a very beautiful place to stay. You will want a bed there !
Soft fact: Death and birth.
As it happens Sam and I began our Camino on the 22nd of May. I don't know what that date means to others but, for me the first thing which pops up is my fathers death anniversary which is today. It is also the issuing as well as expiring date of my passport.
What is the significance of this ?
What I have heard is that the Camino is different for everyone, everyone has their own theme. You can hear the question "So what are you walking for ?"
When any persons father dies then a phase is over and a new begins. In this new phase there is no longer the mentor which the father was. Now full responsibility and adulthood has to be attained. In my case it is today 9 years since my father died. Perhaps I have not yet learned the full lesson of my father dying, that's why existence brought me to the starting point of the Camino at this time. Over the coming days clarity on what authority I yet need, will become clearer.
As for the passport part, what is a passport ? It is a document which can both take you new places and old places, but most importantly it gives permission to go there: Now it is permitted, now it is time.
Today Sam and I had issues cropping up between us. Then seen in the light of the theme, I am encouraged in stepping up to he plate. Today the old dies and the new begins. That is my Camino theme for now. I walk for me, I walk for Sam and I, and I walk for my father.
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