Salies-de Bearne to St Jean Pied-de-Port

Tuesday 28 August 2012
Hotel les Pyrenees, St Jean Pied-de-Port
on the Spanish border
54.8 km, 2.55 hrs, 18.8 kph, 0935 – 1330
640 m rise

Our day continued across ridges, up and down long hills all day. The landscape was incredibly beautiful,  verdant and green, obviously gets rain, well-maintained farms and towns. Lots of blond cows looking at us (one was looking at Olin on his dinner plate last night).

St Jean Pied-de-Port is busy with tourists and pilgrims signing up for the walk to Santiago de Compostella. If you get your shell you can stay in the little refugios along the way. Apostates like us are not quite with the program. Over 39,000 pilgrims registered here in St Jean last year.

We ate at our hotel, and the dinner was perfect. The best we have ever had.  (Note from a couple of days later – Olin looked up the restaurant and discovered it’s a Michelin one star. No wonder it was outstanding.)

Long uphill tomorrow. Olin thinks no problem. I think it will be hard.

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About Olin and Suzanne
Olin and Suzanne's cycling trip, across Canada and around the world.

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