The albergue in Roncesvalles is beautifully new and efficient, blending perfectly into an old complex. There were about 85 people overnight, compared to 400 or so during the peak season. Many people, especially Spaniards, start here.
I set off with my 3 companions and during the day we spread out and separated, picked up new people at rest stops, and a bunch ended up at a cafe in Zubiri pondering next steps. I decided to stay there, having walked about 21 km. The terrain was easy compared to yesterday but footing often required care.
Day 3 – Again I thought I’d make a shorter day, but evening finds me at the nice big Jesus y Maria Albergue in Pamplona, another 21 km further along. On a fine Saturday evening, Spaniards and pilgrims are milling about the streets. In front of the albergue there’s a group of youngish pilgrims as 21st century hippies making nice music.
I am relaxing on my bottom bunk (a perc of being old) before lights out, which is likely 10:30 or 11:00. A self-declared major snorer is nearby so I have earplugs ready. I was relieved to see that a reported serious snorer AND farter is in a different section.