Give me steam, steam and more steam!

After a night of semi sleep and coughing, the morning seemed good.
We left the albergue at 8 am with the clouds visible over the Pyrenees and cold winds whipping around us.

Most of the walk today was by rivers and in small villages. I found a new adaptor and also got a SIM card and Euros loaded so that we can stay in touch without taking out a mortgage!

We walked about 16 km today but when we arrived to our planned destination around 3, we discovered that the Youth hostel was really a bar (not so great) with rooms to rent (€40 for two people) and the rooms were horrid.

Our next option was either a 6k walk or we choose a 10k train ride (a whole €1.85 each) so the women took the train while Patrick and Jean walked Nestor. It seems Nestor doesn’t like trains and vice-versa.

Meanwhile I started noticing my lungs were making crazily sounds so time to steam myself up and get rid of this again. We found the albergue but it is in a heritage building ( old, nice but rather cold) so I pulled my first “I’m getting a hotel” card.

Already after 2 very long steamy showers I feel better. If I still am feeling the sane tomorrow I might hop another local train and skip the 20k and 800 meter elevation and meet them at our destination.

This road is a much less traveled one and folks seem to stare a lot! When Nestor appears they simply are amazed! We often hear “WHAT, you are going to Santiago??????”

With so many people with phones, it seems Nestor is once again a star! We actually met a few local donkeys on the way – you should hear them call each other! I’ll film it next time it happens.

I’ll update my Facebook with pictures…
Cheers
Sylvie
PS the snow is quite visible in the Pyrenees!

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