The first shot is on the way to St. Jean Pied-de-Port, the last stop in France, and the second is the town itself. Le Puy to St. Jean is a standalone thru hike and will be the final destination for most of the hikers I got to know over the last 25 days. Only a handful are continuing on to Santiago.
The last shot is leaving St. Jean for the climb over the Pyrenees and to the first stop in Spain – Roncesvalles. The Pyrenees climb is 1200 meters over about 20 ams and then a 900 meter descend over 3 kms to Roncesvalles. The Pyrenees is not as tough a climb as it sounds; most of it is graded. The day that I went up was beautiful but the three days prior and the following day had really stormy weather. I heard of people who got stuck on the mountain because of weather and also because they had started too late in the day. The only option for lodging on the way is at Orisson, 7.5 kms from St. Jean. The descend to Roncesvalles was steep and rocky, which I loved but can see people having a tougher time with than the climb up.