Tired from the descent into Roncevalles, I had no plans to go to Zubiri. Not till I met Sylvia and we kept walking and walking till I passed the last town and was committed to finishing off the last 10 kilometres. Zubiri is tough because the descent from Alto de Erros is quite gruelling with shale and rocks whose surface have been polished smooth from years of footsteps pounding on it. Once again, I’m glad it was not wet or raining or else the journey would have been that much harder. So something to be grateful for.
On the way out of Roncevalles, I met the sweetest donkey who looked at us from the corner of his eye whilst he stuck his tongue unvthe bowl of water. Such a well groomed donkey. Clearly loved by its owner. I love it that donkeys also get to do the camino.
Burgette is about 6km from Roncevalles, and is the first town to get breakfast. Everything in Roncevalles is closed unless you stayed in a pension that offered breakfast.
We saw Mary and Betty in Viscarret. Had lunch with them. Turns out that several US pilgrims from Orisson were also staying in that town, including Colleen, Pam and Paula. (As of writing, I’ve not seen Mary and Betty since.)
In Zubiri, I arrived about 5.30 pm. It was my first experience of albergues being full. I stayed at a private albergue called Avenida. Really nice.