Two New Hampshire girls hike the 500-mile Camino de Santiago to raise money for women around the world.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

From NH, USA to St. Jean Pied de Port, France. March 10-12, 2013

We've been traveling for two days and have now safely arrived in SJPP.

Here's a brief account of our travels thus far.

We left NH on March 10. First, we went to fellowship at Starr King UU. Here we are, just outside the church.

Next, we walked the three miles to the Plymouth bus station.

Then came the bus ride to Logan. Concord Coach - comfy and clean, two thumbs up.

A five hour wait at Boston Logan Airport was next on the agenda.

After a five hour flight to Iceland, a two hour flight to London, and a forty-five minute Underground ride to St. Pancras, we caught a train to Paris.

From Paris, we took an overnight train to Bayonne.

At Bayonne, we met Hugh, had coffee, and headed to Saint Jean Pied de Port.

SJPP is a beautiful, quaint town. We explored it a bit today after checking in at the pilgrim's office.

As you can see, there is no lasting snow on the ground here in SJPP. However, the Napoleon route is still "closed" to foot traffic. When I asked how deep the snow was up top, the answer was "centimeters" - something tells me that on a bluebird day with the proper gear, crossing it would be akin to the kind of thing we do in NH every winter. However, since we don't have the proper winter gear with us (bivy, etc) and I don't know this mountain at all, we'll go the Valcarlos route tomorrow.

I'm getting booted out of the pilgrim's office, they're getting ready to close. More tomorrow after we get to Valcarlos.


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Jennifer said...

Glad to see you made it there! That's a lot of different modes of travel for 2 days. I look forward to following along for your journey.