Today was difficult – there is no way around that nugget, and no real need for elaboration, given a) it´s our first day, b) no sleep, c) complete lack of fitness and shape for this type of Pyrenes manuvering. Perhaps it is the late 10am start where we felt we´d use our adrineline to fight through the heat, the lack of sleep, and show this camino who´s boss. Well, El Camino showed me and Matt what was what. I´m not sure what was worse – the steep uphills, or the slippery/descents (it had rained earlier). The milage markers were quite off. After a days worth of sweating and running out of water, we enter Zubiri like two conquered heroes.
After a brief nap, Mateo and I handwash a few clothes, walk up to the local grocer to pick up a bagette, jamon, cheese, and two peaches for dessert – 11.6€
Tomorrow, we make the 13(?) mile push to Pamplona, as to make up for the 65€ cabride to Roncesvalles. We will stop in each town and hydrate/relax a little more tomorrow. We will take our time and watch our pace.