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Cesnouf

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Hi! I’ll be starting the Camino 5th March from St-Jean-pied-De-port. Anyone else walking? What’s the best way to contact people on the walk to know about weather conditions?
THAnks,
CLaudia
 
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Kanga

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Welcome to the forum @Cesnouf and Buen Camino!

Immediately you get to St Jean Pied de Port go to the Pilgrims Office at 39 Rue de la Citadelle in the old part of town, up the hill towards the ramparts. It is pretty easy to find - St Jean is a small town.

The Pilgrims Office is the place to get information on the weather, the route conditions, and available accommodation. You can also pick up a credential if you do not have one, get your first stamp, and meet up with other pilgrims.

It sounds like the weather is very cold at the moment but as the Route Napoleon does not open until the end of March, you will be walking through Valcarlos anyway. Probably have to stick to the road - there is a track that runs beside the road and dips in and out of the beech forest, but it would be dangerous in snow or heavy rain.

Take a luminous mesh safety vest! They are really lightweight, and although the traffic on the road is light there are spots where the road is narrow and you need to be visible. A safety vest could be a lifesaver. I'd also stick some of the luminous tape on my backpack.
 
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Peter Fransiscus

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Hi! I’ll be starting the Camino 5th March from St-Jean-pied-De-port. Anyone else walking? What’s the best way to contact people on the walk to know about weather conditions?
THAnks,
CLaudia
Wish you a wonderfull journey Claudia .
 
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Cesnouf

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Welcome to the forum @Cesnouf and Buen Camino!

Immediately you get to St Jean Pied de Port go to the Pilgrims Office at 39 Rue de la Citadelle in the old part of town, up the hill towards the ramparts. It is pretty easy to find - St Jean is a small town.

The Pilgrims Office is the place to get information on the weather, the route conditions, and available accommodation. You can also pick up a credential if you do not have one, get your first stamp, and meet up with other pilgrims.

It sounds like the weather is very cold at the moment but as the Route Napoleon does not open until the end of March, you will be walking through Valcarlos anyway. Probably have to stick to the road - there is a track that runs beside the road and dips in and out of the beach forest, but it would be dangerous in snow or heavy rain.

Take a luminous mesh safety vest! They are really lightweight, and although the traffic on the road is light there are spots where the road is narrow and you need to be visible. A safety vest could be a lifesaver. I'd also stick some of the luminous tape on my backpack.
Thank you Kanga- this is great info and very helpful! In Bilbao tonight and headed to SJPDP tomorrow- can’t wait!
 

Dale R Cohen

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I am starting on the 5th as well. I arrive in St. Jean on Sunday and plan to head out on Monday. I’m staying in a hotel on Sunday night— my last luxury! I leave the U.S. tomorrow (Saturday) and fly into Paris, then Biarritz, and will take the train to St. Jean. I hope our paths will cross. Buen Camino!
 

allwyn

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Hi! I’ll be starting the Camino 5th March from St-Jean-pied-De-port. Anyone else walking? What’s the best way to contact people on the walk to know about weather conditions?
THAnks,
CLaudia
My friend and I are starting on March 9th from Ponferrada. BuenCamino!
 
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Hi! I’ll be starting the Camino 5th March from St-Jean-pied-De-port. Anyone else walking? What’s the best way to contact people on the walk to know about weather conditions?
THAnks,
CLaudia
Buen Camino, Claudia. Kanga has given you the best start in answer to your question, and the rest you will get en route. Also, while walking, plenty forum members will be happy to respond to any more questions, so check in....
 

Dale R Cohen

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Update: My flight was cancelled and so now I won’t be starting until Tuesday instead of Monday— unless something else changes!
 
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Dale R Cohen

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And now leave SJPDP on Wednesday. As I sit in Atlanta awaiting a later flight that delays me another day, I am remembering the Wise Ones who say the Camino provides exactly what we need. So, I’m trusting this is “exactly what I need”! Buen Camino!
 

Dale R Cohen

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Finally made it to Biarritz. Will evaluate my transfer options to St. Jean tomorrow. It looks like Wednesday is the day!!!
 

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