St. Jean Pied de Port to Auberge d Orisson - 8 km

May 3

The shuttle picked us up (Hawk, Little Pony, and myself) at the hotel at 8:45 a.m. and took us to St. Jean Pied de Port, an hour-and-a-half trip over the mountains on a lot of winding roads. This trip made all us a little motion sick.

After arriving in St. Jean, we had a couple of cups of tea and then went up to the Compostela office to get our “Pilgrim's Passport Credencial.” After receiving them and all our instructions, we headed out of town. The weather was cool and foggy as we climbed and, at some point, no longer had views off into the valleys below.

It took about three hours to reach the Auberge d Orisson (we made reservations before we came to Spain). After getting settled in, we had hot bowls of veggie soup and cold beer. The shower system is unique as they give you one coin to pay for the shower. With this, you get a total of five minutes broken up into five, one-minute water flows. It really does give you enough time, but you don't tarry. The place is a quaint little place complete with a fireplace and nice little bar. Everyone just sits around, eats, drinks a beer or glass of local wine, and talks of the day’s events or tomorrow’s upcoming challenges. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m.

For dinner tonight was more vegetable soup and pork loin and navy beans. They put out bottles of local red wine. Everything was “all-you-can-eat or drink.” Everything was wonderful. The beans were cooked with chopped up onions, pimentos, and little peppers. Everyone sat around and talked until around 9:00 p.m., then we all headed off to bed. It has been a wonderful day. We have a 12-mile hike tomorrow, so I will write more tomorrow. Buen Camino

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