Camino de Santiago | Day 1

Miles 15.69 | 15.69

Ascent 5,003 feet

And so it begins…
Notre Dame church at the start. St. Jean Pied de Port.

The rain began at mile two; however, the rain is good because it keeps you cool – and because it gives you beautiful rainbows, which was a great way to start the day. I took it as a sign from God‘s presence, since I just prayed for that at the Notre Dame church before I began.

A rainbow just outside St. Jean Pied de Port.

Today was a hard day, but it was really wonderful and so beautiful.

I did walk right by the one of the only stops on the day because I didn’t realize that was the stop (it was literally just one building). I took my first break just before mile 10. I was thankful for the van pulled by the side of the road selling drinks and food. My one euro banana (with the peanut butter I brought) was delicious and also my lunch for the day. I realized that when I see a stop, I should probably take it. Since today was one of the most rustic, I don’t think it’ll will be an issue going forward.

The climb was really challenging, but I think the descent into Roncevalles was more difficult. The compass data for each mile is below. I’m going to feel it tomorrow.

No, it’s not the Holy Spirit with me. It’s a cracked screen.

My only injury today was my iPhone. I broke the screen protector when I dropped it on the ground, but I guess if that’s my only injury that’s not too bad. Dave already found a shop in Pamplona where I can get a new protector.

I lift up my eyes to the hills from where will my help come?

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

I don’t want to climb every mountain, but I’m thankful for the mountain I climbed today. Buen Camino.


Little bit of a climb today!

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4 Thoughts to “Camino de Santiago | Day 1”

  1. Jennifer O'Connor

    Wow, Michelle! What an adventure you are on.

  2. Jennifer

    Nice to have a support team. Congrats on the first day – big, long climb. Hope you feel ok in the a.m.

  3. Trish

    What beautiful photos! Prayers for the journey!

  4. Mom

    Congratulations and wonderful photos. Blessings on you and your walk. Big thanks to Dave to.

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