Day 2 – Orisson to Roncesvalles

Leaving Orisson it was a steady climb at first. Then a series of rolling hills and varying difficulty. I left at about 8 am and by 10:30 I was overtaken by some walkers who had started walking at St Jean, where I started the previous day!

Morning views in the Pyrenees

Towards the top of this day’s walk there was a very strategically located food van. Coffee, bread, cheese and meat, bananas, water. I sampled his food and took a break.

As the path neared the Spanish border it varied between rocky ground, loose gravel and in a few places, concrete. Sometimes the surrounds were hillsides and other times it was forests.

Drinking water refill and emergency location point at the Spanish border.

At Lepoeder pass you have to decide between a steep path through the forest or a slightly longer route via a road. I chose the forest route but there were a lot of loose stones on the steep sections. After a few km it gives way to a gravel road through the forest.

Either way takes you to Roncesvalles.

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