Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sunday 16 June 2013 - Pyrenees GR10 - Day 2 (2) - Stage 1a - Hendaye Plage to Campanile Hendaye

Distance: 3 km (Cum: 3 km)     

Ascent: 20 metres (Cum: 20 metres)
                     
Time taken: 0.75 hrs plus 2.25 hrs stops                                     

Weather: sunny until dusk, then a lovely evening

We were planning to start tomorrow, but since we had arrived at the start, and our hotel was about 3 km along the route, we decided it made sense to start today.

We managed about 100 metres before succumbing to the temptation of beer and food.

John and David soon joined us, and after our meal at Bar Epsilone, they took a five minute stroll back to their room with an Atlantic view, whilst we staggered off along the GR10 route as far as Campanile Hendaye, a Travelodge sort of place which we hope is near to a café and food shop from which to stock up before we start walking more seriously tomorrow. 

Or should that read 'hobbling' - Sue still has a sore achilles and one of my knees is still swollen and sore from too much kneeling down on the TGO Challenge. 

Anyway, we've started, in perfect weather if a bit dark, even if we still need to convert our luggage from flight mode to backpacking mode.

Thanks go to John for managing to take the above picture despite the blinding sun.

Sent from our GR10 trip - see here for our itinerary

6 comments:

Sir Hugh said...

Good luck. It will be interesting to compare notes as you progress. I seem to remember having a bit of difficulty finding where the route started from Hendaye. I was also frequently pronouncing that name wrongly and the French didn't understand me. It should sound something like EnDiya I think.

I notice the difference in the colour between your zip off legs and the shorts - all very familiar.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Conrad -apparently John was corrected at the airport re his Hendaye pronunciation. We are about to rediscover the route to Biriatou - at least the Campanile is on the Biriatou road!
I was planning to buy new zip-offs but couldn't find a good fit. The pocket zips are bust on these old ones.

Alan R said...

I had a pair of those trousers in my long hair days. Around 1968 i think it was. I find good walking trousers hard to find. Even though there are many good contenders their is always something not quite right.

Phreerunner said...

Did Rohan exist in 1968? If so, I certainly wouldn't have been able to afford them! I'm surprised you could!

Alan R said...

You know they did Martin. Rohan bags were great. I think/know i had more spending money in 1968.

Alan Sloman said...

Late to the party - now in catch up mode!
Goodluck to you both!
:-)