We left town with the other pilgrims and got onto the correct patherway. Following it along the river and often on a steep hillside/cliff was scenic but there ware lots of "ups and downs". We passed through several villages, sometime leaving the riverside to walk through pastures and through tree or hedge lined paths. Weather was cool and pleasant. We arrived Etsaut and found our gite without problem - "Gite d'Etape" is a pilgrim's hostel. It is privately run so different that yesterday. Our group from yesterday are all staying here at Gite d'Etape la Garbure along with a few others. It seems like a nice place and we will stay "demi pensionne" (meaning with dinner and breakfast) so will be eating communally. They have a stable and donkeys so were were "entertained" by hee-haws.
We are following a river valley towards the pass across the pyrenees.
beautiful fields and scenery
Beginning to see significant peaks along the route