DAY THREE – 18th May – Over the top
Pat, dressed suitably in Marian Blue, stands beside the Vierge d’Orisson.
La Vierge d’Orisson stands at the Pic d’Orisson, at the impressive altitude of 1,100m. High enough - considering Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill is 50m lower at 1,050m or 3,414 feet.
Dan, Pat and I spent some time as this lovely peaceful venue and prayed for those who had asked for our prayers, and even for some who hadn’t. That’s Christianity for you...
We were tempted to have our lunch at Col de Lepoeder – 4km inside the Spanish border and the highest point on the camino at 1,450m. But we manfully pushed on for another 10 minutes. Once inside Spain we were very impressed. There were signs and way marks every hundred metres, or so it seemed. It reminded us of travelling from the 'Republic’ to the North in the good old/bad old days. We remembered the immediate improvement you felt in road surfaces when you left the South for the North. In the sixties the North was full of marvelous temptations including a far wider range of Cadbury’s chocolate and other luxuries denied us in the South.
Hunger eventually won out and we sat down to lunch in a forest clearing just ahead of the descent into Roncesvalles. People dealt with the sandwiches we had received in Orisson in very different ways - as were to subsequently learn.