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Baztan

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day12

    This was definitely a harder day than I remember from last time. Laurie and I made things even harder by taking a forest route over the border into Spain, in an effort to avoid the asphalt and the long row of supermarkets and fuel stations. However, we weren't as clever as we thought and ended up taking a bit of a detour! No regrets, though - it was a really nice walk.

    We met up with the others in Urdax and after a lunch stop, began the long climb. It went on and on and on ..... and then there was another one after we reached what seemed to be the top! All in all, a long day and we were glad to reach our B&B (Goiz Argi) in Amaiur. We relaxed for a while and had dinner in the local bar. The lady prepared big platters of fried eggs, potatoes and meat for us. After that, we made the most of the kitchen and sitting room at Goiz Argi and enjoyed Kathy's Gateau Basque and tea. We're so rock and roll!

    I think we'll all sleep well tonight.
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  • Day13

    This was to be a shorter day, so we had breakfast at Goiz Argi and set off a little later than usual. We were in no particular hurry, as Laurie had phoned the Berroeta hospitalera to let her know we were coming. And since there's nothing to do in Berroeta, there's no point in arriving too early!

    We had a short stop in Arizkun, followed by a longer one in Elizondo. The popularity of the Dolores Redondo books was very much in evidence, with tour buses parked in the side streets. We fed our own Redondo fascinations with a visit to the Malkorra cafe and a txantxigorri! We then bought food to cook later in the albergue.

    Once again, my Baztán memories proved to be quite unreliable, as I remembered this as a pretty easy and flat day. While it didn't involve any of yesterday's exertions, it definitely wasn't flat.

    There are six of us in the Berroeta albergue - the five amigas, plus a man from Valencia who was probably looking forward to having the place to himself! This is a comfortable 16-bed albergue, with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. We enjoyed a very happy home-cooked meal before retiring early to bed.

    Laurie and I will take the alternative route to Belate tomorrow. We had a quick look at the initial stages and there seem to be some yellow arrows. With these arrows, our notes and the GPS tracks we should be fine! The hospitalera also gave us some useful tips and advice, as she walks this route to gather mushrooms.
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  • Day3

    Neděle

    June 24 in Spain

    Počasí: slunečno, vedro

    Stejně malebná krajina jako včera, přibyly krávy, ovce a orli. Koně tu nosí zvonce jako krávy.
    Špatně značené cesty jsou důsledkem častého bloudění, některé cesty již neexistují nebo jsou přeznačeny.
    Máme první lehký úraz - spadla jsem do potoka a narazila si předloktí.

    7:30 - 21:30, 28,7km
    Trasa: Col de Nabarlatz (477m) - Burga (872m) - městečko Arizkun - Col de Berdaritz (685m)
    Stoupání: 1713m
    Klesání:1487m
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  • Day3

    Break in Urdax

    May 19, 2017 in Spain

    We are back in Spain, having had a beautiful morning walk. This is a monastery town, with a lovely stream running through it. Just a few drizzles, nothing terrible. One of those days with gorgeous views in every direction. We've gone through a couple of little Basque towns.

    Nuala and I decided to try to find an off-road route for a while and did pretty well for the first 20 minutes or so. But then we must have gotten turned around, because the forestry workers we went to ask for directions spoke to us in French, and by our calculations we should have arrived in Spain! No harm done, we were in a lovely woods, and we were soon back on track. We have joined up with the other more sensible three who stuck with the route, and are eating a meal in a little café here in town. About 10 more kilometers from Urdax to our day's destination.Read more

  • Day3

    Amaiur, Spain

    May 19, 2017 in Spain

    This is a beautiful town. We had a great afternoon walk from Urdax. It was about 600 m up to the high point and then down to this gorgeous little town where we are staying in the Casa Rural Goiz Argi. One in a single room, four in two doubles, with three bathrooms! After our hot shower, our very hot shower, we set out to find a place to eat. At a nice looking mesón type place, there was a sign saying it would open and giving a phone number. I called, and the owner told us that yes, they were opening in about an hour but we were not welcome there. Plan B -- move up the street to the bar for a meal high in fat and fried, and low in fresh and healthy. How does this sound--fried eggs, fried potatoes, chistorra (Basque sausage), and some red wine?

    Tomorrow we have an easy day. 20 km to Berreota. Very little elevation gain. The Basque Country is beautiful.
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  • Day4

    Beorreta

    May 20, 2017 in Spain

    The phone is fixed! I can't believe it. This will be short, because there's just too much beauty all around, and we want to go for a little walk. Today's walk was just amazing, through the Basque valleys with lots of beautiful little towns. The town of Elizondo is particularly nice, and it figures prominently in a current best seller trilogy by Dolores Redondo (a prosecutor). I've read the first one, and though I'm not much of a murder mystery reader, it was very enjoyable and a great introduction to the area. Two more days to Pamplona, and tomorrow is supposedly the most beautiful stage. It's hard to believe that it gets any prettier than this.

    We are in a nice albergue, only one other person with us, and Vira has cooked us a very good pasta dinner. All in all, the Basque countryside is five star. So so beautiful!
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  • Day4

    Baztan

    May 20, 2017 in Spain

    Well I woke up this morning to a phone that won't turn on. Sinking pit in the stomach.

    So if you don't hear anything from me, it's not because something has happened. I will just go ahead and buy a new phone in Pamplona but that's three days from here. My pals will let me use there phone till then so maybe I'll just post some of Nuala's pictures. This is by no means the worse thing that could happen and it has a solution, just an expensive one.Read more

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