We’re Off! Leaving today from St. Jean Pied du Port.

Too much excitement about the trip led to very poor sleep last night. Not the way I hoped to begin my hike up the Pyrenees. But, walk we must.

We arrived at the starting point, St. Jean this morning. A very charming, old town with wonderful shops…linens, chocolates and espadrilles of every color! No shopping for me on this journey of simplicity and learning to live with less.

From this vantage point, the mountains look beautiful and green, though they are topped with fog. I am assured that there are ground level markers, so I can stay on the trail.

Tonight, we will stay on the mountain, at the Refuge of Orisson, a hostel. This will be my first experience with bunk beds and communal baths since summer camp. Tomorrow, we walk to Roncevalles, our next wi-fi location. Stay tuned.

9 thoughts on “We’re Off! Leaving today from St. Jean Pied du Port.

  1. I am so proud of you both and I too am filled with great curiosity and will enjoy learning about the trek as you soldier forward. Weather looks good….
    Happy and safe journey you two!

  2. What a beautiful place – and a beautiful tribute to your son. Enjoy the journey and reflection, and we will enjoy following along with you. Sending warm thoughts your way from Maryland! Xoxo

  3. Roland MacKenzie May 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Trish and John, your journey in this process began long before October of 2015. Life is like walking a trail that has diverted routes and sometimes requires bushwhacking (unintended off-the-path ventures) to reorient our direction. You all are back on a path that now defines your new direction.
    Direct your feet as they propel you forward (up and down). Take your time and focus on their placement. Embrace your rambling thoughts, and take a few minutes each day & after your trip to revisit and reflect upon. Open and share your hearts with each other and the others also on their new path(s).
    Listen to your body as this Trek is the physical part of reflection. Take your time…. I bet you will sleep better tonight!
    Cheers!! Roland ⛰ 🏘🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏼‍♂️🇫🇷

  4. You are such an inspiration for me! I hope you have a remarkable journey and I’ll be thinking of you (and reading your posts) along the way. I am sorry we haven’t been in touch for quite some time…but you are truly an old (not in years 🙂 ) friend!

  5. Stephen Zoeller May 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    So the adventure begins! Safe travels.

  6. Trish and John – how exciting!!! We can’t wait to follow your adventure. Charlie and I were there YEARS ago – it is the most beautiful place ever with the friendliest people. Good luck! Stay strong! To Sam! xo, G & C Hill

  7. Frank and Brienne Fiske May 11, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Sending our very best wishes as you take on this incredible journey! Our hearts and prayers will be with you, Love Frank and Brienne

  8. Dearest Trish – I am so so proud of you for undertaking this amazing journey. I know it will be as enlightening and healing as you hope. What a lifetime experience you are embarking upon!!! Most importantly, I know Sam is taking every step with you. I look forward to reading your every word! Much love, Liz

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