Why I Walk ~ May 6, 2016

  • Friday, May 6, 2016
  • Day 6 (Day 3 Camino)
  • Vendargues (Baillargues)
  • Distance: 15 1/2 miles (35% tarmac) / 49 total miles
  • Ascent 753 feet and descent 703 feet
  • Time: 5 3/4 hours
  • Weather: 50 – 72 degrees, winds 16 mph, blue sky with clouds

Why I walk…

Today is my third day walking with two Frenchmen. Navigating is so much easier with three sets of eyes. The few brief times we were SLIGHTLY off course or not 100% confident we were on the Camino, there was comfort knowing we were together.

Sergio speaks English and is never hesitate to flag down a passing driver to ask for directions. Once when asking directions, the driver actually drove him from our resting spot, to our night’s accommodation (a bungalow), and back to our resting spot.  I find help all along The Way.

  1. Towards Vendargues – On the Camino
  2. Vendargues – On the Camino
  3. Vendargues – Dry Stone Shelter, chemin des Capitelles

Longhorns? ~ May 5, 2016

  • Friday, May 6, 2016
  • Day 6 (Day 3 Camino)
  • Vendargues (Baillargues)
  • Distance: 15 1/2 miles (35% tarmac) & 49 total miles
  • Ascent 753 feet and descent 703 feet
  • Time: 5 3/4 hours / Total 49 miles
  • Weather: 50 – 72 degrees, winds 16 mph, blue sky with clouds

Texas Longhorns in France? Nay. This is the region for the Le Taureau (torro).

  1. Toward Vendargues – Le Taureau
  2. Toward Vendargues – Le Taureau
  3. Toward Vendargues – Le Taureau

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