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Day 1-2: St Jean Pied du Port 🇫🇷 to Zubiri. 🥾 My Pilgrimage on the Camino Francés | Camino de Santiago 2023.

ℹ️Stats - Day 1

Date: Tuesday 2nd May

Weather: sunny ☀️

From: St Jean Pied du Port 🇫🇷

Start time: 7.30am

To: Roncesvalles 🇪🇸

End time: 1.14pm

Terrain: main roads, countryside, wooded areas, through towns and small villages

Accommodation: Albergue 🛏️

Food: banana 🍌, pear 🍐, raspberries, strawberries 🍓, crisps, chicken 4x slices, tangerine 🍊, dates, Parma ham, apple 🍏.

🥾Miles: 16.4 miles

🦶Steps: 33,821

Total miles completed: 16.4/500

💰Costs:€10 bed in the basement!

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 6/10 - didn’t like the road walking.

Fatigue: 0/10 - felt really strong.

Ease of terrain: 5/10 a few ups & a few switchbacks but nothing super hard!

Challenges: I’m annoyed with myself as I wanted to take the high route through the Pyrenees and ended up taking the lower route. Which I don’t think is as pretty. There was lots of road walking - along main roads which were very twisty with no hard shoulder. Which made the walking uncomfortable as the cars were very close and going very quickly!

I arrived at the Albergue at 1.14pm and there were already about 50 people ahead of me.

It was confusing as to what was going on! I had no idea, getting forms filled in, one queue for one thing, another queue for something else. Getting my stamp. All very hectic. Too many people. I think that’s going to be my hardest challenge!!

Highlights: I felt really strong walking, the legs and glutes did super well. Really happy with my walking speed. 💪

I’m the afternoon after getting settled in. I did some yin yoga, sunbathed and chilled. It was fabulous 🥳


ℹ️Stats - Day 2

Date: Wednesday 3rd May

Weather: sunny ☀️ & hot 🥵

From: Roncesvalles

Start time: 7.30am

To: Zubiri

End time: 1pm ish — got checked in by 1.30pm

Terrain: rocky, lots of steep descents, woody forests and concrete paths.

Accommodation: Albergue, 🛌

Food: banana 🍌 , chicken, crisps, tangerine 🍊, dried pineapple 🍍, cashew nuts. Made dinner - chicken, bacon, onion in a tomato soup with manchego cheese on top.

🥾Miles: 16

🦶Steps: 33,443

Total miles completed: 32/500

💰Costs: €12 bed, €19 food shop - chicken, bacon, tomato soup, onion, avocado, crisps, red pepper, tangerine 🍊 x2, manchego cheese. = €31

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 8/10

Fatigue: 7/10

Ease of terrain: 5/10

Challenges: the stress of making it to the albergue to get a bed for the night. It motivates me to move quickly and not to take rest breaks.

Highlights: the weather was incredible- glorious sunshine ☀️, blue skies all day. Getting a bed at the albergue, taking a shower 🚿, sunbathing in the afternoon and enjoying the day 🥳


Watch Vlog #1 below!



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