We found ourselves almost immediately into the Haute-Pyrenees wine area with flowing vineyards filling many of the hillsides.
Really very pleasant to walk through. I took so many photos today, but I’ll only post a few. Now back in our hotel which has just horrible wifi,
We are heading directly south now and we haven’t had quite the views of the mountains that we enjoyed today.
They seemed to come closer and then retreated depending on our directional variations.
Like I said the dogs were kind of fun today. Some came over to be scratched around their ears, others ran up and down fences barking like crazy and this fellow was stuck on the second floor of a barn trying to get our attention. They are always endlessly entertaining!
We met 6 other pelerin on the trail today including a couple who walk each stage then hitch hike back to pick up their camper van to then drive back to the end of the stage. The oddest way to walk, and they said that they wouldn’t be doing this again. They head home in three days. They did tell us that they had heard about us from Jean-Phillip earlier and they were very interested in our Camino. Others have been discussing the two Canadians walking for Alzheimer’s and so our pinnies on the back of our packs and our t-shirts are doing their thing as we’d hoped. The Camino telegraph is in full force here, even with the limited number of pelerin on this route. As a matter of fact when we arrived in Oloron late today we heard a fellow yelling at us to wait. Turns out his name was Richard from Vancouver Island where we live and he’d seen my post on the Camino forum and recognized the back of our packs from the photos I’d posted. We talked for a half hour, but we really just wanted to get to our hotel, dump our gear and have a shower! But nonetheless it seems that the word is getting out there!
As we got closer to Oloron we found this area where there was exercise gear along side the trail. I mean really! Who needs this? However I did jump on a piece so that I could ask my buddy Dennis if he’s getting to the gym?
Oloron is quite the little gem. Two rivers join here and we will walk up one of them tomorrow. If we weren’t trying to beat the rains that are coming in this Sunday for the following 4-5 days then we would have happily stayed here for a couple of nights. Neil, the Col de Tormela and several other famous Tour de France rides are all within 30minutes of here, not to mention the Col d’Aspe nd of course the Somport itself. We will be walking along the Aspe River for the next couple of days as we climb closer to the pass.
Brain weary: As we continue this journey without a break, we are becoming progressively more weary. The last two long days, have particularly taken their toll. Geoff’s lapse regarding his camera is good evidence of that. Today we arrived into town and wanted to look around, but found ourselves short on time, and we were hungry since we each only had an apple and some sausage for lunch. All of this takes a toll on brain function, resulting in difficulty making decisions and solving simple problems (like finding a place to eat). Caregiver stress can have the same impact, where caregivers struggle to get through simple daily tasks. In the early stages an individual with Alzheimer’s may use a lot of energy trying to maintain regular routines, and this can significantly tire them. We sympathize!
We will be staying in Sarrance tomorrow night, a shorter stage with a continued steady climb. We are staying in a monastery with an order of friars and I don’t think there will be any internet there. However, I have data on my cell and messages and emails can find us. We should have wifi to post the next night.