Today´s walk began at 950 meters and decended to 525 meters. I passed through the village of Burguete, a beautiful village of shuttered houses made famous by Ernest Hemingway. One of my favorite Hemingway books is ¨For Whom the Bell Tolls¨; I thought of the Spanish Civil War and the fascist General Franco and how Spain was split politically, socially and religiously. I then made a steep climb up to Alto de Erro passing by a stone that legend says marks the length of Roland´s stride, the Paso de Roland. Roland was the grandson of Charlemagne, and he was the comander of Charlemagnes rear guard. I remember reading ¨Le Chanson de Roland¨in French. From there it was a deep descent of 255 meters into Zubiri. The total walk today was 21.5 Kilometers which took me about 7 hours to complete.
Stage 2: Roncevalles to Zubiri (Sept 29)