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St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles.

First day on the Camino – a little over 25 km, mostly straight up as we crossed the Pyrenees and the border into Spain. It was breathtaking – both in the physical sense, and in the landscapes. It was so misty that even at the very highest point we couldn’t see much, but the mist was beautiful itself: hiding flocks of sheep, goats, and horses so that they were only the unseen sound of bells, and leading us through an enchanted forest as we descended into Roncesvalles. We arrived exhausted, sore, and (inexplicably) sunburned.

 

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