St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Orisson – 8K

This entry is part 24 of 33 in the series Part 2: Moissac to Puente la Reina

Refuge Orisson (80€, dp inc. lunch)

We decide to have a short hiking day and stay at Orisson (half way up the mountains) rather than make the whole, arduous Pyrenees crossing in a single day.  The good news:  Beautiful weather, and the hike out of St. Jean and up the hill is spectacular.  The bad news:  I’ve again been waylaid by bedbugs!  This is confirmed by a gite owner at Hunto, when we stop for coffee.  Lots of photo taking; it’s a grand ascent.  We reach Orisson at 12:00 PM. Good lunch there… soup and salami sandwiches.  We loll around all afternoon reading and just hanging out.  We share a tiny but pleasant room with two women from Germany. They both speak English and are so nice.  Dinner is at 6:30 at long tables with lots of pilgrims… wonderful soup, roast lamb with white beans, gateau Basque. Delicious!

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