Cold, damp night in tent. I was eager to hear the birds start chirping. So eager that I was walking at 7AM!
The climb out of SJPDP is as advertised. Tough. You gain 900meters elevation in the first 7.5 kilometers. Trust me when I say that is steep. I consider a 10% grade to be steep and this was 12%.
Most of the land on the north slope of the Pyrenees is pastureland. Cows, horses, and sheep. Very few trees.
The saving grace on the 12+ mile climb to top was that most of it was paved roads. That steep and long with rocks thrown in would be impossible for all but a select few crazies.
The 14 on the road is 14 kilometers. Note how steep that still is. It was among the least steep! Stopped to take the picture so I could rest and try to talk pony into giving me a ride. He obviously didn’t speak English!
For profit trail magic at the perfect time…1 mile from top!
Last 1/2 mile to top. At this point I was Just About Dead Pete!
A rancher’s emergency shelter near the top.
The other side of the mountain. Some trees and a gradual descent.
Feel pretty good about 18 miles today. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Happy trails (or, as they say here, Buen Camino)!!