January 25, 2020 After our flights from San Francisco and Dallas, a long wait through immigration, and a fairly long, convoluted taxi ride in the dark, we finally gratefully dropped into our bed at our Quito hotel sometime between 1 and 2 am. We were not very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at our 8:30 am breakfast… Read more
Day 23. Toulouse! October 14, 2019. We arrived in Toulouse about 2 pm. 39,210 steps (some after our arrival).
We were walking in the woods along the canal, then minutes later were on a shiny metro train jammed with people, and suddenly found ourselves in the middle of bustling Toulouse, where less than an hour before we’d been in a place with no shops, restaurants, or restrooms! Culture shock! We’d emerged into the 21st… Read more
Days 21-22. Saturday 12, and Sunday, 13 October 2019. Les Casses to Port Lauragais, and on to Ayguesvives, 38,411 steps second day
We said good-bye to Isabelle, set out on the way back to the Chemin as she directed, but ended up at the the Cathar Fort, instead, which was quite moving. Many men, women and children chose to be burned to death here in 1211, rather than to renounce their faith. When we reached the Rigole,… Read more
Day 20, Dourgne-Revel-Les Casses, Friday 11 October. A bus ride and walk along La Rigole 29,817 steps, 17 km
We stood in the chill beautiful morning yesterday at the bus stop on the highway at the entrance to En-Calcat Abbey in Dourgne. Five-minutes after the appointed time, we were relieved to see the big beautiful bus round the bend and pull up beside us. We settled back into plush seats, our packs beside us,… Read more
Days 18 and 19, Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Boissezon to Castres: A Day of Surprises. 8.8 iPhone miles, some without packs. And Thursday, October 10, Castres to En Calcat Abbey, Dourgne. 15.8 iPhone miles.
First, we woke from a comfy sleep in our big bed to find rain pouring down on the glass roof over the stairway. So, we took our time getting ready and tidying up the gite. The rain had let up by the time we headed out the door about 8:45. I decided we should take… Read more
Anglès was good to us. We started the day with a lively discussion with Paul about the area, its history and changes. For the first morning in several days we started out in glorious sunshine. The green moss in the forests glowed. We took a short cut on a forest road cutting a km or… Read more
Day 15. Murat-sur-Vebre to Salvetat sur Agout, Sunday, October 6. Camino Surprises. 20 km or 14.8 iPhone miles
I’ve lost a day somewhere, but it will show up eventually, unlike the calendar and map that disappeared somewhere between Arboras and Lodeve. We walked out of Murat in gloom and cold, but the walking was good through many beautiful forests. We were carrying a bit more than usual, as we had been told nothing… Read more
Shortest Day Ever, Day 13, Saturday, October 5, 2019, Ginestet to Murat sur Vebre, 8.5 miles, 9km plus running around town without our packs.
We each had an egg for Breakfast! Fresh from the farm. Delicious! A steep climb again through dark, mossy forests, then a sudden open expanse of fields, and in the distance a rock pile marking the 1019-meter summit. I was thinking how long the way would have been, and how tired and unable to enjoy… Read more
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