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- 10 may 2009 -
Did you forget your cigarettes?

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No bordermarkers,  only a view of the borderline  down the valley back to bm197.  I  descend to  Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to take the train back home.

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According to visugpx
- distance : 16.8 km
- cum. elevation gain : 56 m
- cum. elevation loss : 1130 m
- total elevation:  1186 m

- altitude maxi : 1236 m
- altitude mini : 156 m
- altitude average : 678 m

From my camping spot I have a view down the valley.  A small stream (Gorrichaneka Erreka) starting at bm198 winds down to bm197 at the confluent with la Nive d'Arneguy.

See also the previous trip   for bm198 and the beginning of the Gorrichaneka Erreka.

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While descending,  I'm passing a lot of pilgrims who have just started their pilgrimage to Santiago-de-la-Compostella

Some are asking if I'm returning from Santiago and one fellow asked: "did you forget your cigarettes?"

I have a lot of nice memories of my own pilgrimage from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago-de-la-Compostella, long ago  in1998.
In Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port I came across this map of the two routes to  Roncevaux, the next stop on "The way".

The red one is the mountainous classical passage. The yellow one however - more easy and more safe in bad weather - leads along Gaņecoleta and that's where bm197 should stand.
That's  the target for the next trip on 25 may 2009
The typical attributes of the Santiago-pilgrim: walking stick and the shell of  St. James.

This pilgrim apparently needs financial support.
Main street of  this beautiful town.
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