I noticed while packing for the morning (6:30 AM) that I could not find my credentials. I unpacked my entire bag and repacked it. Very frustrating. I went downstairs for the breakfast of champions (Nutella and French bread – *and served in France), and told one of the albergue volunteers but they didn’t locate any laying around.
The views after we leave Orrison just continue to get better. We reach the statue of the Virgin Verge d’Orrison and an amazing backdrop of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The end is near and I get a second wind. However the sharp 400 ft descent in 4km with weak legs, dehydrated body, and a sore right hip is finding the descent more challenging that any ascent. I finally make it to the albergue at Roncesvalles and I am sooo happy today is over.
I've learned that while I hate uphill climbs I hate high grade downhill slopes even more. Uphill climbs are like the challenges you don't want in life but take on anyway. And when you get done with it, sometimes you are given a steep downhill descent that makes you regret wishing for something else in the first place. Life is full of uphill climbs and downhill descents with different grades of steepness. Only thing that matters is your attitude and response - and perhaps your non-attachment to receiving for whatever comes your way.
Expenses: 20 Euros
Notes: I didn't track my expenses diligently. I believe the large albergue was about 6 Euros, the dinner was about 9 Euros, and my random expenses for drinks etc was probably under 5 Euros. Safe to round it to 20 Euros.