Respite ~ May 20, 2016

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Day 20 (Day 17 Camino)
  • Dreuilhe (Between Revel and Lac de Lenclas)
  • Distance: 15 miles (90% tarmac) 246 total miles
  • Ascent 964 feet and descent 937 feet
  • Time: 7 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, cloudy turning blue skies

Respite from walking…coffee at a café, backpack off, laundry drying on the line; albeit, guarded by geese.

  1. Toward Dreuilhe – Revel
  2. Toward Dreuilhe – Revel
  3. Dreuilhe – Chambre d’Hôtel la Métairie de Dreuilhe


Half-Timbered ~ May 20, 2016

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Day 20 (Day 17 Camino)
  • Dreuilhe (Between Revel and Lac de Lenclas)
  • Distance: 15 miles (90% tarmac) 246 total miles
  • Ascent 964 feet and descent 937 feet
  • Time: 7 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, cloudy turning blue skies

Half-Timbered dwellings.

  1. Toward Dreuilhe – Half-timbered houses of Revel
  2. Toward Dreuilhe – Half-timbered houses of Revel
  3. Toward Dreuilhe – Half-timbered houses of Revel


Becoming ~ May 20, 2016 

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Day 20 (Day 17 Camino)
  • Dreuilhe (Between Revel and Lac de Lenclas)
  • Distance: 15 miles (90% tarmac) 246 total miles
  • Ascent 964 feet and descent 937 feet
  • Time: 7 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, cloudy turning blue skies

Having walked for weeks, I have become a distance walker. My legs mindlessly move like the swing of a metronome. My walking poles have evolved into an extra set of legs. Once hoisted on my back, my backpack feels more like an appendage than an anchor.

  1. Toward Dreuilhe
  2. Toward Dreuilhe
  3. Dreuilhe

Universal Language ~ May 19, 2016

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Day 19 (Day 16 Camino)
  • Dourgne
  • Distance: 12 1/2 miles (85% tarmac) 231 total miles
  • Ascent 1,088 feet and descent 943 feet
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, cloudy and few drizzles

Dining in silence, the universal language. One doesn’t talk while dining at a monastery.

  1. Dourgne – Abbaye Saint-Scholastique
  2. Dourgne – Abbaye Saint-Scholastique
  3. Dourgne – Monastère Abbaye Saint-Benoît

Respit ~ May 19, 2016

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Day 19 (Day 16 Camino)
  • Dourgne
  • Distance: 12 1/2 miles (85% tarmac) 231 total miles
  • Ascent 1088 feet and descent 943 feet
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, cloudy and few drizzles

Even as quiet as a long walk may be, respite at an Abbey brings welcomed silence.

  1. Towards Dourgne
  2. Dourgne – Abbaye Saint-Benoît Hôtellerie du Monastère
  3. Dourgne – Abbaye Saint-Benoît Hôtellerie du Monastère

French-Three-Some ~ May 18, 2016

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Day 18 (Day 15 Camino)
  • Castres
  • Distance: 9 + 5 miles = 14 miles (10% tarmac) 218 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,155 feet and descent 1,449 feet
  • Time: 3 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, blue skies with clouds & few drizzles

Who should appear in Castres? None other than the French-Three-Some I have been playing leap-frog for a week on the Camino.

Can you find the my provider of a much needed baguette when all the boulangeies were closed?

  1. Castres
  2. Castres
  3. Castres – Garden at Museum of Goya

Win-Win ~ May 18, 2016

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Day 18 (Day 15 Camino)
  • Casters
  • Distance: 9 + 5 miles = 14 miles (10% tarmac) 218 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,155 feet and descent 1,449 feet
  • Time: 3 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, blue skies with clouds & few drizzles

Compromise. Jean-Claude does not like to walk in cities. Our Gîte is outside Castres. Tomorrow we will take a bus through Castres.

I dropped off my pack at the Gîte and went exploring Castres to connected by foot our Gîte and the termination point for our tomorrow’s bus ride.

Win-win. Jean-Claude avoids walking in the city. I walked the whole Camino.

  1. Towards Castres – Unusual donkeys typical of a Jean-Claude’s region. They keep long fur even in summer.
  2. Castres – Eglise de Saint-Jacques-de-Villegoudou
  3. Castres – Medieval houses of tanners, weavers, and dyers attest to the importance of textiles to the town.