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

“Stay the Course” ~ May 22, 2016

  • Sunday, May 22, 2016
  • Day 22 (Day 19 Camino)
  • Baziège
  • Distance: 14 miles (100% tarmac) 280 total miles
  • Ascent 474 feet and descent 551 feet
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Weather: 50-60 degrees, 20 cloudy than heavy rain

Weigh the differences. Stay on The Way walking through beautiful evolving French countryside for longer miles or stay along the Canal Du Midi dodging cyclists and seeing a good deal of sameness in shorter mileage. Rain dictated walking along the canal.

In 1681, it took 12,000 workers 14 years to build the canal.

  1. Toward Baziège
  2. Toward Baziège
  3. Toward Baziège

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

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