Bull or Man? ~ May 5, 2016

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016
  • Day 5 (Day 2 Camino)
  • Gallargues-le-Montueux
  • Distance: 20 miles & 33 1/2 total miles
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Total ascent 282 feet & total descent 276 feet
  • Weather: 50 – 72 degrees, clear blue sky

In Pamplona, they run with the bulls. In Vauert, horse riders stampede the bulls through the town’s spectators. Which would you rather be…bull or man?

I dined on bull medium-rare for dinner.

  1. Vauert – Bulls being stampeded
  2. Vauert – Bulls being stampeded
  3. Vauert – Bulls being stampeded

Naturel ~ May 5, 2016

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016
  • Day 5 (Day 2 Camino)
  • Gallargues-le-Montueux
  • Distance: 20 miles & 33 1/2 total miles
  • Time: 9 1/2 hours / 33 1/2 miles
  • Total ascent 282 feet & total descent 276 feet
  • Weather: 50 – 72 degrees, clear blue sky

As the French say it, “Naturel.”

  1. Towards Gallargues-le-Montueux
  2. Towards Gallargues-le-Montueux
  3. Towards Gallargues-le-Montueux



After a Day’s Walk ~ May 4, 2016

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016
  • Day 4 (Day 1 Camino)
  • St-Gilles-du-Gard
  • Distance: 13 miles 1/2 miles (95% tarmac)
  • Ascent 313 feet and descent 354 feet
  • Time: 5 3/4 hours
  • Weather: 45 – 75 degrees, winds 18 mph, clear blue sky

Exploring after a day’s walk.

  1. St-Gilles-du-Gard – Roman Ruin Cathedral
  2. St-Gilles-du-Gard – Window
  3. St-Gilles-du-Gard – Gîte (pilgrim hostel)


Begin at the Begin ~ May 4, 2016

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016
  • Day  4 (Day 1 Camino)
  • St-Gilles-du-Gard
  • Distance 13 1/2 miles (95% on tarmack)
  • Ascent 313 feet & Descent 354 feet
  • Time: 5:45
  • Weather: 45 – 70 degrees, wind 18 MPH, clear blue sky

The only dilemma of the day was deciding to back-track 1/2 mile downhill to begin at the official start of the Arles Route. Is there any question I would not begin at the beginning?

  • Arles – Les Alyscamps with church of Saint-Honorat, the traditional starting place for the pilgrimage
  • Towards Saint-Gilles – Blue shutters
  • Saint-Gilles – Bridge over Canal du Rhône


Tranquility ~ May 3, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016
  • Day 3 (pre-Camino)
  • Arles
  • 42 – 72 degrees, 23mph winds, blue skies with clouds

Could there be a more tranquil place then the cloisters?  Perfect symmetry and proportions calm the senses. Whereas, cathedrals alert the senses.

  • Arles – Rue du Cloître
  • Arles – Saint-Trophime, Saint Trophime, 12th-C
  • Arles –  Along The Way

It Begins – Year Three ~ May 1, 2016

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • Day 1 (not a walking day)
  • Charlottesville, Chicago, London, Marseille, Arles
  • 4,171 Miles
  • 3:45am Sunday  to 11:30am Monday (slept at Heathrow with the newest set of French & Italians chums)
  • 68 degrees, some clouds 25 mph winds ripping through Arles’ Roman Theater 

This begins the third year of walking the Camino and blogging The Way.
My backpack on departure weighed 15 pounds excluding water.

  • Marseille – Approaching by British Air
  • Arles – Shutters
  • Arles – Bon Appetite