Date: Fri 10th May
Ok, we’ll come clean on our accommodation at Roncesvalles! We had pre-booked the only Hotel in town and skipped the Albergue. This Hotel is 5 stars and worth every Euro! They served the Pilgrims 3 course menu for €9 per head and we opted for breakfast as well for an additional €8.
Breakfast 5 Star! We finally headed off at 9:50am. This is definitely NOT typical of a departure time for a typical pilgrim. We later found out that most of our fellow pilgrims stayed at the local Albergue and were woken with lights on at 6am. Most were on the road by 7:30 and some as early as 6:30am! No wonder we had the track to ourselves!
We thought it was 790km from SJPDP! Whilst we headed off with very low clouds overhead and single digit temperatures, it wasn’t raining and we were still greeted with fantastic scenery with the added quaint villages thrown in!
Arrived at the town of Zubini 22Km from Roncesvalles. The muscles are starting to let’s us know they need a well earned rest! As we crossed over the Romanesque bridge into Zubini, we were greeted with an enterprising local Spanish lady offering private accommodation. Knowing we were one of the last to arrive and being a small town, we took her offer and were escorted to a neat little house nearby. Looks like we have the place to ourselves!
We again finished off the day with the typical Pilgrims 3 course meal noting many pilgrims that we have seen on different occasions along the way.
Camino Stories (For Alison, who cannot get enough”)
John the Californian
We meet John at the B&B we were staying in at SJPDP. John was the life of our little party at the guest house and was also setting off to Orisson the following day. John however hadn’t done any training, had recently had 2 hip replacements, not to mention knee surgery and wore a back-brace. Did we mention that along with his natural additional body weight, he was attempting to carry a 15kg backpack? Mostly filled with medical equipment. One very brave man!
The next morning our host kindly offered to take his pack for him up to Orisson and he headed off early. We again enjoyed his company at diner that evening and waved him off as he left for his accommodation a few hundred meters down the road.
We hadn’t seen or heard from him until late today a fellow pilgrim told us that John had fallen down the stairs back in Orisson and taken off to hospital! Whilst we don’t know how serious his injuries are and we do wish him well, We do wonder if this is a small blessing for him as I wasn’t fancying his chances on the climb up and then down into Roncesvalles!