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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
Begins: May 21, 2019
Date: Sat, Jun 22nd, 2019
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Trip Distance: 707.5
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Short Nice Hike Until the Pickup Point
Last night we ended up having a very pleasant dinner with John and Annie from Australia. It's the people connection that makes these pilgrim hikes so rewarding.
Short day today, about 20 km to the hamlet of Aroue. Good weather, some mud of course but overall not difficult hiking and a decent temperature as I finished just after 12 noon (going to be somewhat hot in the afternoon).
It was pleasant walking out through the gate in the walls of Navarrenx at the start; Ann opted to take the day off in the town but accompanied me a brief ways; today's picture is looking back through two pilgrim statue at Ann in front of the arched tunnel leading through the wall into Navarrenx.
I talked briefly at the start with a German couple who live near Munich and then towards the end of the walk with an English fellow who lives right on the Coast to Coast route that Ann and I walked in England a few years ago. In the middle I listened some to music and some to an audio book, and enjoyed looking over the countryside on a pleasant day.
The plan set up by our tour company was, for whatever reason, that we would spend two nights in Navarrenx and that a taxi would take us (just me in this case) back after I had walked to a designated pickup point a little off the trail in the hamlet of Aroue. They had emailed me last night asking that I call the taxi at least one hour before pickup was desired.
So I did that, called about an hour before. As I've mentioned before, I speak English, decent Spanish, and passable German, and could comfortably and confidently arrange a taxi pickup time in any of those languages. Of course the taxi dispatcher spoke only French. In retrospect I *think* what happened is that when I said that I would be there in 1 hour, perhaps at most 1 hour and 15 minutes --- that this came across as saying that I would arrive at 1 o'clock, perhaps 1:15. The two sound a lot more similar in French than in other languages I'm acquainted with. Anyway, some confusion and frustration on my part ensued, but after about an hour of waiting I was picked up with a very friendly fellow who drove me back. I asked about the connection between French and Spanish Basques, and turns out that he's Basque, speaks the language, so that was interesting, if somewhat difficult to work out all in French.
So already unpacked in Navarrenx, I have more time and energy than usual after a hiking day to look around the town. Thus after I upload this, if I can (challenging wifi connection here ...), I'll play tourist a bit.
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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