Ibaneta Pass – or not

In the cafe in Valcarlos I ordered my first cafe con leche, coffee with milk, and bocadillo con queso, bread roll with cheese. My plan had been to stop in Valcarlos but it was only 11 o’clock. The albergue didn’t open until 1pm. I vacillated. Dave and a couple of other pilgrims on the nextContinue reading “Ibaneta Pass – or not”

First day on Camino Frances

After a hearty breakfast in Gite Beilari’s warm kitchen I set out feeling strong. I was aiming for Valcarlos. Roncevalles could wait until tomorrow. I crossed the fabled bridge and left the cobblestones of the old town behind.The sun shone on the stream of pilgrims emerging out of the early morning fog of the valley.Continue reading “First day on Camino Frances”

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