Day 2: 34.2 kilometers
Total: 61.6 kilometers
Whoa! What a day! I woke up in the middle of the night ready to go! When I went out to the kitchen to check what time is was it was only 3:33am! So,I drank some water and went back to bed. I ended sleeping for another 3 hours and then started to pack my stuff away. Had a few muffins and a banana for breakfast and a great morning conversation with Marty and Mary Sue! Just outright amazing people who’s bright smiles are only outshines by their amazing hearts! They loved my pictures on heelslapchestpop.com and we will be in touch. They offered me a place to stay with them next time i am in Cali and that right there is amazing! It really means a lot when people open their arms and their homes for me when I am around. It truly means so much to me! Well I was all packed up and out I went into the morning mist! Just a beautiful morning walk loosening up the stiff joints from yesterday’s climb. The birds and the river and the morning bells of sheep made for a really relaxing walk.
I dove into a beautiful trail that was so incredible. I love is so much if you can’t tell. I hurt a little right now but being here, meeting these people, and seeing this path just leaves me with my arms out like I’m flying when I walk. The path went from road to stone to gravel to rocks to dirt to mud to snow. It was quite the experience! Hiking up to Ibañeta Pass was a tough hike but it was so worth it. I found myself doing a lot of 360s because you zig zag your way from the bottom to some amazing views that you would totally miss if you didn’t look back to where you came from! Just a whole day of wows and arms out flying!
I made it safely to Roncesvalles and it was almost a ghost town! Im went through the town and up to the church walked in and had the whole place to myself. I looked around at the beautiful stained glass and the amazing carvings and drawings everywhere. It was dark then I saw this sign that said 8 minutes for 1 euro so I had to do it. It turned the place into magic! It was a beautiful church and had many side doors. One of them opened... so I went in!
I was under the church in a small cave way going deeper. It turned twice and opened to a silent praying room. It was really cool and really quiet being underground so far. I was grateful for the opportunity to have been at the right place at the right time to experience that and then went back outside. I headed up to the Albergue and got my church stamp for being in Roncesvalles and talked to the lady behind the desk. She walked the camino 12 years ago and loved it. Now she is too busy with work and such but hopes to do it again one day. I hope she does too.
Leaving town I followed the path even though she said most people took the road. I saw a few yellow arrows and was following footprints. Then the footprints split! Oh snap! I went with what I thought was the path and footsteps until I noticed the footprints started heading the other way which mean they turned around. I scouted the area with cold feet for a while until I decided I should also just go back to the road on this little section. The path was somewhere within 100 meters of the road but going through trenches and wet snow and puddles. I was happy to hop on the road for the next kilometer. I went through the towns of Burguete and Espinal and was getting a little tired. Luckily I was almost to Rio Erro! I crossed it on the concrete blocks then dropped my bag and popped my sandals off and plunged them in for a break. It felt good and really rejuvenated me for the rest of the journey. It was a cold river kind of like the fountain of youths I jump into!
I made it leisurely to the next town of Gerendiain where I saw signs for Juan’s bar. I needed a quick jolt and that’s exactly what I got with a little cafe pitstop! Did a little map and route planning and figured I would be smooth sailing all the way to Zubiri and that is exactly what happened! Feet getting a little more sore as the day went on but the scenery kept me going pretty good. I finally was at the last decent before Zubiri and I was so glad to see that town! Walked across the bridge and the lovely lady at the hostel got me a bed right away for ten euros. I plopped my stuff down and jumped into the super warm shower, it was like heaven. Scrubbed my feet and washed my hair and I was like a new man ( except for the few tiny blisters on my feet from wearing socks that kept my feet wet… That’s why I switched to sandals which were nice but extra cold going through the snow!)
What a beautiful sky opening up for my final hill! It was a grayish misty day with some clouds here and there. When I became cold, a ray of light would always pop out and warm me up just enough!
This is me almost done and realizing that I may just be out of the snow on this journey! I love snow but I love the beach too and if I had to pick I totally would be a beach guy!
Now as I finish writing this im look at the clock and it’s 11:11!!! Lucky me I need to get some sleep though so until next time Pura Vida and Buen Camino and most importantly #AdventureOn