Walking for Water with Camino Jim- In St. Jean, France the starting point
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
I worked on what I was and was not going to take with me to get the weight down and it worked out well. I left behind nearly four pounds which is really significant and will make the journey over the mountain a bit less challenging.
When I first looked out the window it was raining. Once outside the rain was very light and the temperature was around 80 but comfortable. My driver was right on time and we made the usually 90 minute trip in record time. I don’t know how fast he was going but he was hell bent on passing anything in front of him. The road is both narrow and winding, lots of tight curves. I think he may be practicing for Monaco. In the end we did get there quickly and I could sense that he was proud of his time … almost like he was looking for the checkered flag.
“I am a Marriott Lifetime Platinum Member” in an attempt to get upgraded but I’m sure it would not help. Therarno suites in this hotel. The room is fine.
Dinner here in St. Jean was simply a pizza and a glass of wine. Carbing up for tomorrow. It’s easy to tell that I’m no longer in Spain because everything is twice the price but still reasonable. The village is crawling with tourists. Lots of young families … it’s August and that’s when most of the Europeans take their holiday. I did see a few pilgrims arriving late today but over all the Camino people are a very small percentage of the visiting population.
Up early, a quick breakfast and then onto the Camino. First stop Roncesvalles Spain a walk of 18 miles adjusted for the increase elevation of nearly 5000 feet.
Thanks to all of those who have sent lots of messages and prayers for a safe journey. I’ll do my best. Good night, Buen Camino