Planes, trains, automobiles, and buses. I made it to my starting point!
Only one bad experience on the way here. I had to give up my walking stick that was with me every step of the AT. I was charged $100 to check it on Norwegian Air in Orlando. That was bad but I paid. When I got to London and changed airlines Easy Jet was going to charge me another $60. That really irked me because I knew I would face the same situation on return flights. I left it in London. I’m bummed but will survive!
Spent last night in Madrid. Train this morning to Pamplona and then bus to SJPDP.
Probably 30 pilgrims (hikers) on the bus. Some have really large packs. I thought mine would be considered large since carrying tent but looks like it’s about average.
SJPDP is a neat little alpine town that is filled with hikers. It’s just across the border into Spain.
I am tenting in the community campground. It’s a few hundred yards from the beginning of trail.
Tomorrow I will go over the Pyrenees. Snowed there Monday and (Mom, stop reading) they had to rescue someone up there.
Anxious to get going!