A restless night filled with anxiety. Dreams of falling off a mountain. ARE WE INSANE?
Our destination for the day is Orisson. We opted to book our first night at Refuge Orisson instead of trying to do the entire 27.1 kilometer Napoleon Route over to Roncesvalles in one day. The first day seems to always be the hardest and combined with the steep grade would make the route to Roncesvalles miserable. We choose not to be miserable as we don’t want to suffer that much!
We see a few stray backpackers, look down and there it is! The shell… We will see several shells in the next couple of weeks, but none as fancy as this until Santiago. Note the French wording, “Jacques.”
We are not alone as we find walking mates throughout the day from Columbia/Miami, Scandinavia, France, Germany, Canada and Spain, to name a few. Columbia/Miami on the far left is doing the Camino on bicycle.
Ah-h-h-h…. There it is. Refuge Orisson consists of this albergue building and across the road is a terrace including tables from which we can enjoy a spectacular view of the valley. All beds are booked and they are filling up the back yard with tents. Eighteen beds (bunk) in three rooms, two toilets, showers and a bar with food downstairs. Who could ask for more?
We watch some wet Pilgrims arrive later as the rain drizzles down on them. We are thankful to have arrived early enough to beat the rain.
Now we must make sure we are signed up for the evening Pilgrim meal and rest so that we can stay awake during the meal. I will be using the video features of my camera tonight so stay tuned for the results!