GR11 Day 4 Stupendous Views
Old oak tree just above picnic site on route to Elizondo - Hunters cabin below the Collado de Urballo.
The mist has cleared and we have arrived In Elizondo, a lovely walk down to the town through the forest paths with the dappled sunlight. It was almost beautiful enough to take our mind of the body pain that has gripped our poor little unconditioned hiker feet.
We resupplied in the centre of town and Jac purchased food on the basis of weight and I sent her back in for food on the bases of taste. We waited out the midday heat in the shade of the imposing church, where we were stared at by many coach loads of people, that would congregate outside the church. Making impressed noises at the impressive structure, (church not ours) and then disappear back onto the bus.
We made two new friends Doug and John from New Zealand, they are also walking the GR11 and from the looks on their faces and their walking hobble, they were getting as much enjoyment from the experience as we were.
At 3 pm we decided it was time to push on with the walk, and the route description did say gradual ascent, so with full packs and optimistic timings we aimed to be at our rest stop by 5, at 6.40 we arrived. Jac much more spritely than me, wanted us to go a bit further as there were stupendous views. I told her what she could do with her stupendous views, I was not moving from this oasis of flat.
Things I have learnt:
3pm is not a sensible time to start walking up a bloody big hill with a heavy pack, it is far too hot still. If you do you will go the colour of the tomatoes you are carrying. This facial colour will cause fellow trekkers to do double takes at the huffing crimson one coming up the hill.
I don't give a shit about stupendous views.
We even managed a little fire at the Hunters Cabin