Cinq Senses ~ Day 14 ~ April 20, 2014

Day 14, April 20
0 miles, 137 miles total REST DAY#2
Altitude: 918 feet
Weather: cold and rainy 32-45F
Conques
Joanna, from London joins me

SIGHT
Wild flowers, stone walls, endless beauty, open expanses, old, very old buildings, pilgrims walking

HEARING
Massey Ferguson tractors in the field, Citroens down shifting up hill, donkeys braying, chickens clicking, church bells, rippling streams, French mass

TASTE
Rich wine, smoked duck, bread and butter, cool water, pastries, pastries, pastries

SMELL
Wood smoke in the air, lilacs in bloom, incense swung in church, my sweet sweat, fragrant manure, odoriferous feet

TOUCH
Morning sun on my left arm, the sting of wind and sun on my face, walking poles rocking in my palm, silk sleeping bag, ill fitting pillows

My friends and I snuck lunch into our convent room. I figured out how to turn on the radiator as it is cold and rainy. We tossed crumbs from our napkins out the window for fear of being found out and thrown out of our lodging. Like hiking in the woods, leave no trace behind.

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Rapunzal’s Tower ~ Day 14 ~ April 20, 2014

Day 14, April 20
0 miles, 137 miles total REST DAY#2
Altitude: 918 feet
Weather: cold and overcast 32-50F
Conques
Joanna, from London joins me

Expecting my Pilgrim Credential to fill before I get my second one being sent to Pamplona, I got another credential from the abbey. It as well as this morning’s pilgrims were blessed at a special pilgrim’s service. Easter mass is yet to come.

Christina, Mimi , and Joanna have claimed the bibliotheque as their place to write. I have this incredible chapel at the top of a stone tower. It’s a 12 foot round stone room with two windows, open beam ceiling with skylight, carpet, petite stools, electrical outlet for iPhone, and an “alter” on the floor. As I love to curl up on the floor, I am beyond content.

WiFi has not found my sanctuary. That’s okay.

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Kisses ~ Day 13 ~ April 19, 2014

Day 13, April 19
13 miles, 137 miles total
Altitude: 918 feet
Weather: warm and overcast 32-62F
Conques
Joanna arrives!

Leaving Golinhac I met the most irresistible Canadian Landees dog, Titi, on his way to the river for a swim.  His owner explained Titi was the most known  and best  loved in the village. Titi kissed me au revoir.

Joanna, from London, and I arrived at Conques within minutes of each other. We are staying at Accueil Abbaye Sainte-Foy which hosts pilgrims at the abbey. Our co-ed room has eight sets of bunk beds all full. As we got in late, all the bottom bunks were full.  The top bunk has the  vertue of no one at eye level.  The bathroom is semi-coed with mixed use for showers and sinks; yet, separate toilets. People respect everyone’s privacy and are very civil in tight quarters. With 60 attending dinner, a third were welcomed familiar pilgrims I have met these past days. We attended evening high mass during this most Holy Week.

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Paté vs Gu ~ Day 12 ~ April 18, 2014

Day 12, April 18
21 miles, 124 miles total
Altitude: 2,132 feet
Weather: warm and overcast 38-62F
Golinhac

It’s a good thing I bought a generous slice of paté at Espalion’s market. Not only did it make a wonderful picnic lunch while watching sheep graze; but, it also sustained me when I under counted today’s walk and ran out of water. It did seem to provide more zip than Gu (runner’s energy food). It definitely had a finer taste than Gu. Would paté work as energy food for a marathon? Tips for those running Monday’s Boston Marathon.

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Going Up ~ Day 12 ~ April 18, 2014

Day 12, April 18
21 miles, 124 miles total
Altitude: 2,132 feet
Weather: warm and overcast 38-62F
Golinhac

Church of Saint-Pierre-de-Bessejouls is one of the oldest churches on the Camino. The ground level floor has an elaborate gold 11th-century alter. Climbing a stairwell scarcely wider than my shoulders leads to the second level with a 9th-century alter. On the third floor was the bell. Try as I might, I could not find those steps.

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String ~ Day 11 ~ April 17, 2014

Day 11, April 17
14 miles, 103 miles total
Altitude: 1,263 feet
Weather: warm and sunny 45-62F
Saint-Come d’Olt

Having done the Camino many times, a pilgrim said he once began walking from his home to the airport in Dublin as that was the only way over the Irish Sea.

I replied I began at Le Puy as that was the start of this particular route of The Way to Santiago.

The Irish pilgrim said that the Le Puy route actually begins in Geneva, which begins in Zurich, which really begins somewhere else. The Way is as long as string; however, how long is a piece of string?
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Convent for the Night ~ Day 11 ~ April 17, 2014

Day 11, April 17
14 miles, 103 miles total
Altitude: 1,263 feet
Weather: warm and sunny 45-62F
Saint-Come d’Olt

Amazing! How much good fortune can one have? It even has a heated towel rack in the bathroom. Yes, those are my clothes on the line. Espace Angel Merci-Couvent de Malet. hhtp:/www.hotel-gite-aveyron.com

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