The Flow ~ May 11, 2016

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016
  • Day 11 (Day 8 Camino)
  • Lodève
  • Distance: 10 1/2 miles (95% tarmac – OFF THE WAY BECAUSE OF FLOOD) / 115 total miles
  • Ascent 828 feet and descent 839 feet
  • Time: 4 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 60 degrees

Go with the flow. Streams, creeks, and rivers were flooded causing us to walk along the road Where upon, we pasted a winery and were offered a glass of superb wine with a note of apricot.  Let the wine flow!

  1. Towards Lodève – Château Alteirac
  2. Towards Lodève – Château Alteirac
  3. Towards Lodève – Château Alteirac

Strolling ~ May 9, 2016 

  • Monday, May 9, 2016
  • Day 9 (Day 6 Camino)
  • St-Guilhem-Le-Désert
  • Distance: 14 1/2 miles (35% tarmac) / 90 1/2 total miles
  • Ascent 1,444 feet and descent 1,526 feet
  • Time: 7 1/2 hours
  • Weather: 60 degrees, intermediate to steady drizzle

Strolling through vineyards and poppies.

  1. Towards St-Guilhem-Le-Désert
  2. Towards St-Guilhem-Le-Désert
  3. Towards St-Guilhem-Le-Désert

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

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



Leaving the Country ~ October 3, 2015 

  • October 3, 2015
  • Day 26
  • Caminno Day 15
  • Assisi
  • 9 miles
  • Total ascent 2,054 feet and descent 1,969 feet
  • 4 1/4 hours
  • 55 – 75 degrees

Leaving the country.  A shard of pottery found walking on the carriage road becomes a keepsake.  A hunter and his dog stroller out of the olive grove.

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th towards Assisi

  

To Market, To Market ~ Day 48 ~ May 24, 2014

Day 48, May 24
17 miles, 574 total miles
Altitude: 1,263 feet (daily high 1,830)
Weather: blue sky with clouds, 55-68F
Logrono

Shelves of chocolate bars, gummy bears, and packages muffins.
Boxes of cookies, crackers, cocoa puffs, and corn flakes.
Pre-shrunk packets of olives, cheese, and sausage.
Self-service vending machine shops.

Walk away from the yellow arrowed pilgrim’s path markets and find vine ripe heirloom tomatoes, regional cheeses, aged hams, and wine for incredible values. Shop like the locals.

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