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Steffan wrote:and it looks like Lourdes is on the 'Voie du Piemont', which leads to Oleron Ste Marie.
Steffan wrote:From there I don't really know yet which direction to take towards Pamplona - either South via Jacca, or West via St. Jean Pied de Port.
Can anyone please advise me about the two alternatives, or other options?
caminka wrote:good route, Steffan!?
caminka wrote:wow, sarah, that info on vppyr in english is quite something! is there also something before oloron? from lourdes on?
When the Office de Tourismo opened at 1000 (scheduled opening -- 0930), we received information that only two places of accommodation were open, and one was full. We we to the other, but it was locked tight, so we ate a tortilla patata, drank a cafe con leche, and decided to walk on to the only open hotel in Villanua, that would close at 1430 to reopen at 1900. It was 1145, so we put it into afterburner, and headed down the road.
We covered a French two hour and thirty minute walk in one hour and forty-five minutes! The thirty knot tailwind helped. It was six degrees Centigrade in Estacion Canfranc (Canfranc Estacioin in Spanish), and was snowing in Somport we discovered later. As the weather system passed by, the temperature dropped and the wind pickup speed. When we would hit narrow places in the valley down the Rio Aragon, the wind would accelerate. We were being buffeted around by the gusts, but kept moving. It took a wide stance (no reference to Senator Larry Craig) to keep from being blown into the lane of traffic. Traffic was sparse because the roads were closed in Somport, and only tunnel traffic was being permitted up the valley roads, so we did not feel particularly unsafe.
We arrived in Villanua to a roadblock by the Spanish police armed with the latest in fully automatic weapons. The smiled and let us through. Earlier an official car stopped going the other way, the uniformed person inside got out, smiled at us, pulled out a camera, and took our pictures. Two crazy pilgrims in full rain gear fighting the wind and rain down the valley! I am glad we could make his day enjoyable.
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