Auberge d' Orisson to Roncesvalles - 19 km

May 4

I got up at 6 am and was packed before 7 a.m., then off to breakfast. Breakfast at the Albergue is really quite simpleā€¦ its toast and jam with orange juice and coffee. It's open from 7-7:30 a.m. and then they want you gone. I didn't mind because we had a 19 kilometer day that was mostly uphill.

It was a foggy day but showed hopes of clearing by noon. We left Orisson at 8 a.m. and headed into the fog. It was dense and cold for the first couple of hours, but I still managed to hike in shorts. We reached the high point on the trail at a level of 1,450 meters by 11:30 with a fair amount of snow on top, where we then started our descent to Roncesvalles, which was only two hours away. Roncesvallies is a small town with a population of under 100. We arrived at the Catholic church at 1:30 p.m.

I was able to get a bunk in the Albergue for 10 euros. It's nice and clean and the showers are hot. Hawk and Little Pony got a room in the hotel (the last one). We are going to meet and go to the Pilgrim's Mass at 6 p.m. and after that go to dinner.

We went to Pilgrim's Mass at 6 p.m. but it was kind of a bust since it was completely in Spanish and we didn't understand a single word. After the mass was over, we went to dinner and sat around talking before finally going to bed around 9 o'clock. More to follow!

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