I left a silent lifeless campground at Cabo Higuer around 7.30am, and made my first steps of the 500 mile journey. I re-traced my steps and yesterday's bus ride back to Irun before launching up into the hills on a concrete track. Easy hiking lead to the San Anton Reservoir where I stopped for lunch outside the bar (closed), then headed up and over the Collado de Telleria where I bumped into a Belgian hiker heading in the opposite direction who had virtually finished his trip.
I soon passed through the small town of Bera de Bidasoa where I stopped for refreshments, but then pressed on another 10 or 11km to find a suitable camping spot. I was feeling a bit weary, and concerned at my lack of food when I reached a road crossing at the Puerto de Lizarrieta when I was surprised and delighted to find a bar/restaurant that was open. A further 2km along the trail I found an excellent camping spot with picnic benches and water point, and spent the evening chatting with a fellow GR11 hiker from Catalunya who gave a few hints and tips.
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