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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
Begins: May 21, 2019
Date: Wed, May 22nd, 2019
Start: St Privat d'Allier
Daily Distance: 19
Trip Distance: 42.0
Entry Visits: 121
Journal Visits: 3,261
Guestbook Views: 66
Guestbook Entrys: 3
Day Two and Things are On Track
Last night we had dinner starting at 7 pm, and it was almost 9 when we broke up. Voila: dining, French style. It was very pleasant, with multiple courses, including a separate cheese course, and at the end a tea infusion of mint leaves our hostess had picked from her garden.
It was also challenging, as it was almost all in French, with an occasional aside from a fellow there who had lived just south of Chicago for a few years. As I said at the table (and I think I got the idea across in my imperfect French) --- "we worked our bodies during the day, now we work our heads during dinner". And so it was. These are very much the things that we enjoy about travelling. Seeing famous sites isn't the priority (and even less getting your picture/selfie in front of same). It's the interaction, the sharing of ideas and experiences, of finding our really first hand how other people live and think. I'm glad to be here.
We were driven back to the trail and started hiking at about 8:30 am. One of the guests, Philipe, rode back with us, and we saw him periodically through the day. There were a lot of pilgrims hiking today, or more likely, we were just closer to being in the middle of the pack, whereas I think we started earlier than most yesterday.
The weather was great today, and the scenery just very pleasant throughout. I'm liking this trail more and more, and not least because, once again, our host (this time the guy at the small hotel desk) is just really very nice, and we had friendly encounters with people throughout the day, though of course we didn't always understand everything that was said.
We hiked 19 kilometers today, again with a noticeable amount of uphill involved, and my legs and feet are tired as a result. We sort of went generally downhill for a ways today in the first 7 km, until we got to Monistrol d'Allier, which is right on the L'Allier River --- in fact, we saw a bunch of kids getting ready to do white-water rafting from there.
From there it was up, up and up, not super high for someone in shape, but 500 or so meters elevation over maybe 4 km at this point is plenty to tire us out in our current condition. But a lot of the uphill was quite nice.
There were some stretches, however, that were quite steep dirt and rock paths that were a bit challenging, harder going than Most places on the Camino in Spain. Still, with patience and trekking poles, not too-o difficult.
France continues to impress with how very green it is, and how vertical/3-dimensional it can be.
Tomorrow we have 26 km with a little less climbing required and forecast weather even a little better than today.
Gadget's Trail Journal
The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.
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