Tony, Tim, Betsy & Ray's (not forgetting Geoff) 2014 Camino

GR65 (France), GR11 & Camino del Norte (Spain)


10.06.14 Tuesday. Elizonda to Bera. Cooler today after the rain yesterday. Betsy and Tim were just settling last night with the open window when their room was invaded by a bat that took a little persuading to get out of the room. Sleeping with window shit unfortunately necessary lest the whole roost came in from the rain. Out and walking by 7am across the river and straight up 600m once on tops an undulating route following ridgelines again at first in cloud with dew on plants and spider webs. Then with clouds clearing for some great views back into France and the border mountain of La Rhune a smugglers route of old. It is a long time since we were on top of it via the rack railway. We also spot the traditional Basque hay or bracken stacks on a pole that we remember from days on the GR10. While up high we find some newts with tadpoles in a puddle. As well as more stone circles, but today is a good day for covering distance and we do. Arrival in Berra at about half past 3 means 31.5km 1700m up 1800m down. We are all tired and in need of food.
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