A really nice breakfast with Anne and Rudolf...very relaxed conversation...didn't really want to start. After an exchange of an official stamp for my pilgrimage book and 2 Canadian pins (well received) I was off.
Overall a good day in that I really didn't get lost (well almost) however I ended up walking over 8 hours and my Bad Elf device indicates 41.8 kms. I wonder...I normally walk at a 5 km+ pace however with a full backpack? Tomorrow the plan is for just over 20 kms therefore we will see if this Bad Elf device is really working properly...assuming I stay on the path!
I met my first pilgrims...elderly guys originally from Switzerland but residing now in New Zealand. They were going to Geneva and kind of blanched when I told them my plan.
Shortly after passed 2 ladies with whom I exchanged greetings...then 2 young ladies who were walking for a weekend Camino only. It was good to finally meet someone else walking even if I am the dreamer in the crowd,
Somewhere along the way I came across the car in picture...Jeanne I think Grandpapa might have bought this one for you!
|One seater smart car type car|
A lady walked by and I asked her for her opinion. She immediately told me to take the Raperswill path and from a scenery point of view the path had a split personality...to the left a lake...to the right a train track and highway. My head may now be permanently turned to the left! One Canadian pin for the nice lady.
Highlight of today's walk had to be the 841 metres long wooden pilgrim bridge at Raperswill. I learned from Anne and Rudolf that the bridge was reconstructed some dozen years ago from donated wood from a Swiss merchant after a wicked storm that wrecked a lot of forest land.
|Pilgrim bridge at Raperswill|
Coming into Pfaffikon I was really starting to hurt...I drink and drink yet it never seems enough. Like an oasis in the desert a COOP store appeared and I bought a couple of sandwiches (one today & tomorrow) plus a few electrolyte drinks which really perked me up.
|Then the magical sign that I am home for the day...Sleep in straw for the night|
There are a few families as well here tonight...met Martina from Germany, her husband and two children...girl 5, boy 7 or so. They are walking 10 to 15 kms a day for a week! Hard to believe the kids will do this. I thought if I was a kid (sort of still am) I would like a Canadian lapel pin...asked Martina and she asked me to give them to the kids directly...that was fun!
Sitting outside...almost ready to crash it's past 8:30...day 3 with no access to WiFi...Internet cafes a thing of the past.
You can't go wrong at the Luezelhof sleep in straw in Pfaffikon...directly on the Via Jacobi and the Diller family is really accommodating...typical sleep in straw prices.