Today is my last day of blogging for a while – I am taking a rest, as everything is knackered. I am knackered physically – my left knee hurts and my left eye has exploded – and the bike is knackered. Here is my eye:
As I said, the bike is also knackered, and has problems again with the freewheel, the cassette and the derailleur. So I will spend the next day or two repairing it then make my long way home via Pamplona, Bilbao and London.
Today has been a short and easy day as I finished yesterday quite close in Orbaizeta. I came over the hills through miles of deciduous forest, much like England but a lot more of it. See the video diary for shots. I don’t know if this will come through in Live, but in draft every Youtube Video is represented by a sill shot of me with the most ludicrous facial expression possible. I think Youtube have a special algorithm to select that image and post it as the start position.
Roncesvalles is not really a village – it is a large holding pen for pilgrims coming over the Pyrenees from St Jean Pied a Port on the Camino de Santiago Frances route. There are 4 hotels here and little else – but I have seen more people gathered together than I have since Valencia. Many people are just doing it for a holiday but there is a strong religious influence too. The local church is impressive considering it has no permanent congregation.