Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 1 - Cabo Higuer to Caserio Gorra

42km, 1380 metres of ascent
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.
More photos from Day 1

Route map for Day 1
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1 comment:

Mark Woldin said...

Splendid work. Nicely done, nicely designed.

I live in Elizondo. I am looking for someone to do the GR 11 with this summer. I expect to leave around July 16 or so. Do you know a network or website where I might post this to find a walking mate?

Best,
Mark Woldin
Elizondo, Navarra
tel +34 660 976 422