Monday, July 7, 2014

Walking the Camino, Day 2: The Route Napoleon

Upon leaving Saint-Jean-Pied-du-Port, we’re faced with an upper and lower route to Roncesvalle, and must choose to follow in the footsteps of one of two conquering emperors: the Valcarlos route (Valley of Carlos, named for Charlemagne) or the Route Napoleon. Barring adverse conditions, we’ll be taking the high road, the Route Napoleon, offering gorgeous mountain views of the Pyrenees.



Whichever way we go, the first day will be a long, tough walk; 26 km along a beautiful but frequently steep gravel path (starting with an immediate 2 km climb), with a couple of private hostels to shack up in if we run into trouble early in the leg — these small communities and hostels dot the Camino’s length, making nightly accommodation a very safe bet for walkers.


After those, though, it’ll be 19 km of solid walking to properly break in our feet for the pilgrimage. This will be the last we see of France, as the road will take us over the French-Spanish border and down into the town of Roncesvalles for the first sleep of our freshy-begun journey.

We'll continue taking you along our planned route for the Camino throughout July, parallel to our Indiegogo Campaign to fund the film.

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  1. This will be the last we see of France, as the road will take us over the French-Spanish border and down into the town of Roncesvalles for the first sleep of our freshy-begun journey.Spain Travel

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