Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sunday 16 June 2013 - Pyrenees GR10 - Day 2 - Elsenham to Hendaye Plage

Weather: sunny periods and warm in Stansted; hot and sunny in Biarritz and Hendaye. 

A very relaxing 9.30 am start from Mariola's B&B, in the company of Jane - who had arrived from Bari in Italy at 3.30 am after some Ryanair technical problems, on her way to Haslemere - saw us through Stansted security after dropping off a bag a good two hours before our flight to Biarritz.                           

A smooth journey with clearing skies and fine views through a heat haze to snow-clad mountains, and a baggage collection within 15 minutes of landing would have seen us on the 4 pm number 876 bus to Hendaye on a weekday.  But that bus doesn't operate on a Sunday, so we made a temporary home in a bar at the airport before catching the 4.50 bus for the scenic ride to Hendaye. 

We noticed floods from burst river banks during our descent, so perhaps the weather here hasn't been great. It's wonderful today but rain is forecast from tomorrow. 

Having met John at the bus stop, we walked with him from Hendaye's station to Hendaye Plage, a splendid beach full of Sunday afternoon sun worshippers. 

Sue enjoyed half an hour in the Atlantic surf and John disappeared to find his hotel and his walking pal, David. They are planning to walk GR10 as far as Cauterets.

We soon met up with them both for a pleasant meal at Bar Epsilone.  Our beer cost as much as the food. Ouch. It's wine from now on.  Sometimes. Maybe!

Then Sue and I set off on GR10.

Sent from our GR10 trip - see here for our itinerary

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