Today was a very hard day for me. The difficulty was with the amount of climbing and the condition of some of the trail. I was very surprised with both the steepness and the amount of rocks In part of the trail today.
I left the room at 5:15 a.m. and walked out of town in darkness. Soon, the street lights ended and I use my headlamp to see. I was thinking that at walking in darkness is a bit disheartening because there is lots to see but a since it’s dark and you’re using a headlight it’s tough to see she. I love to take photographs but without daylight it’s a bit difficult.
I did reach Santuario de Guadulipe – The sanctuary at the version of guada loop page was closed when I arrived. I took some photos of it but the the clouds were making it difficult to get nice images.
I then turn to the west and took the less difficult option. This was a dirt road with very little intense climbing. However, descending into the next town was difficult as the road became very steep. The other option, the ridgeline trail, included some very serious climbing but one would be rewarded with views. However the clouds were blocking the view is so I did not choose that route. Plus, my legs voted for the easier option.
I stopped for lunch, but communication was non-existent. I did get my cafe con leche, however food never came. I finally asked and was advised that I had not ordered food. Disappointed I paid for my coffee and then left to continue my walk. I ate the snickers bar which has been traveling along traveling along with me in my pack.
Today, I walked for a short time with 2 French layfrench ladies. They could walk much faster than I could, but they would slow down and talk with me. I asked them where they had stayed in Irun. And they responded with a chuckle. It seems their plan was to sleep in the large cathedral I could see a girl but at 8 PM 8 PM a woman was locking the church down. They explained they had nowhere else to stay so the nice woman loaded them up in her car and took them to her house. The next morning, the woman even returned them to the church.
I spent the night in the pension bowling blank. Yes bowling as in let’s go bowling. It was a basic small room all room. It did have everything I needed, except toilet paper. Add to clerk spoke little English I was not inclined to line to ash for toilet paper but use what I had staffed in my pack.