Basilique Saint-Semin ~ May 24, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Day 24 (Day 21 Camino / site-seeing day)
  • Toulouse
  • Distance: 5 1/2 miles (100% tarmac) 301 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 558 feet and descent 666 feet
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Weather: 50-70 degrees, cloudy becoming blue sky’s with clouds

Toulouse may have always had the most pilgrim interest along the Arles Route to Santiago because of its numerous churches, convents, monasteries and hostelries/hospitals.

Saint Semin was the first bishop of Toulouse and was martyred in 250 AD by being dragged by bulls through the city streets. His body, along with 128 saints, lie in the Basilique Saint-Semin. Completed in C14th, it’s the largest Romanesque church in France.

Devine providence? None other than two of the French-Three-Some appear!

  1. Toulouse – Basilique Saint-Semin
  2. Toulouse – Basilique Saint-Semin
  3. Toulouse – Françoise and Jean-Françoise, Basilique Saint-Semin

Pilgrim Gifts ~ May 23, 2016

  • Monday, May 23, 2016
  • Day 23 (Day 20 Camino)
  • Toulouse
  • Distance: 15 1/2 miles (100% tarmac) 295 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 670 feet and descent 728 feet
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, cloudy, steady rain, blue sky’s with clouds

Yesterday’s rain washed clothes began the day dry, only to be laundered by today’s rains.

The Camino provides…The French-Three-Some and I separate company today. As they ends their walk, Françoise offered the standard goods: Compeeds (blister treatment) and zip-lock bags. After two rains in two days, she insisted the loan of her rain poncho. Through I have a backpack cover, Gortex rain jacket and paints, yesterday’s rain totally soaked my pack. A poncho better protects the bag and walker; albeit, hotter and more weight in my pack.

  1. Toward Toulouse – Canal du Midi
  2. Toward Toulouse – Canal du Midi
  3. Toward Toulouse – Canal du Midi

Long, Flat Miles ~ May 21, 2016

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • Day 21 (Day 18 Camino)
  • Avignonet-Lauragais
  • Distance: 20 miles (5% tarmac) 266 total miles
  • Ascent 616 feet and descent 683 feet
  • Time: 9 1/4 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, 20 MPH winds with blue skies

Seven hours we walk along the canal, flat with dry dirt under feet.

  1. Toward Avignonet-Lauragais
  2. Toward Avignonet-Lauragais
  3. Toward Avignonet-Lauragais

Less on More ~ May 21, 2016

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • Day 21 (Day 18 Camino)
  • Avignonet-Lauragais
  • Distance: 20 miles (5% tarmac) 266 total miles
  • Ascent 616 feet and descent 683 feet
  • Time: 9 1/4 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, 20 MPH winds with blue skies

I have done less miles on more food.

Today I will be satisfied with yesterday’s baguette, the last of Anne’s M&M’s, and dried apricots. Nothing by which to feed oneself in this French countryside but beauty.

  1. Toward Avignonet-Lauragais – Distant snow covered Pyrenesse Mountains
  2. Toward Avignonet-Lauragais
  3. Toward Avignonet-Lauragais – Last hill to Gîte…no one said it would be easy.

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


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