Phew! Much has happened since we took our first steps out of St. John Pied de Port just five days ago. The initial stretch of road passed at a crawling pace of 3 km/hr – quite slow, but necessary as the route was loaded with new plants to identify and familiar feast-able flowers to photograph.
As our boots climbed towards the Pyrenees, the clouds consumed us, bringing rain and the unavoidable obstacle of keeping our precious new equipment dry. Sunset, however, unveiled the soft blue hills and with it, hope for a sunny tomorrow (which it was!).
Each day presents new challenges – the long hours, variable weather, and flood of new information demand not only a certain commitment to our “end” goal, but also willingness to enjoy the trials and tribulations. With just 73 km behind us we’ve identified over 25 fantastic edibles – and had the opportunity to eat them, too!