Our sojourn in Cadaques is coming to an end; John and I have no more excuses. Our jet lag is abated, we have learned the basic pidgin Spanish, our walking clothes are clean and and time is marching on. Today, we drive with Joe and Sandie to Carcassone, France, about 2 1/2 hours from Cadaques. After touring the medieval citadel, we say goodbye to our dear friends. Tomorrow, we catch three trains to our starting point, St. Jean Pied de Port, France.
We are curious about the number of people starting on the Camino in mid September. Most of the St. Jean aubergues were booked out…no vacancy! Even more disquieting, for the first day across the Pyrenees, the only auberge on the trail is also booked out. The upshot is that we will have to hike the entire 25 km (15.5 miles) with a 3,000 foot elevation change…on our first day! Trial by fire, or in this case trail by fire. Our plan is to post daily to the blog once boots actually hit the road.
In parting, I am posting some photos from Cadaques, Spain, an amazing start to what may be an epic walk…at least epic for a couple of 62 year olds. Buen Camino. – K