Last night's supper at the Couvent was interesting due to the number of pilgrims sharing the table
|Cyrille, Carole, husband & wife (he is 74), daughter and father (he is 71), Delphine, Patrick (hiding) and Urseline nun|
The daughter and father have been walking together since Geneva. Later as I arrived in Golinhac I met the daughter again (missed her name) and we chatted a bit. She is between jobs and decided with her dad to walk over a 6 week period. I told her about my personal experience where in 1996 my brother Marc, myself and my Dad (passed away last year) went to Nepal for 3 weeks trekking 200 kms. I told her that what she was doing was so special and I admired them for it!
At supper Canadian lapel pins were handed out to everyone!
|Couvent de Malet|
Well I woke up this morning very early at 4:20 and for some reason went to my iPad...it was dead, gone, kaput! I could not believe it so I went to the library on the clunker PC and notified family and posted my Blog is Suspended email.
To be honest the day, which was really a nice one, passed as if I was in a daze. I was in shock I think.
I was so very dispirited at having lost my opportunity to share and be in contact. I walked steadily...almost in a zombie like state...actually thought about quitting I was so frustrated. A few pictures from the day...
|These guys made me laugh|
|I know amazing photography!|
At last night's supper the Urseline nun very clearly and emphatically said we should bypass the GR65 after Saint Come d'Olt and just follow the road to Espalion for a few kilometres. The GR65 was simply a torture test I was told.
I had heard from fellow Camino Forum members that sometimes the GR65 goes way up and down for no particular reason other than to get a specific vantage point for a view. I later heard from other pelerins that this was a terrible section!
So I followed the advice and sailed smoothly into Espalion...well almost!
I saw the GR65 red & white ballisage and went left...asking 2 elderly folks if I was on le Chemin St. Jacques. Oui both times...big mistake not indicating which direction I wanted to go..dah! I passed the chapelle and started going up a very steep path. After about 10 minutes or so it dawned on me...Guy you DUMMY you are walking back to Saint Come d'Olt! I was doing the path I had averted in reverse!
Back down I came, handed out 2 Canadian lapel pins to people who helped me and after spending an hour or so in Espalion I was on my way finally!
During the day I overtook 3 pelerins who were in Le Puy en Velay at the pilgrim blessing mass the day before I left...George tall bearded guy who was walking from his village in Belgium, Daniel a 72 year old with a bad lung who is walking to Figeac and a gentleman from Tokyo. I gave them each a Canadian lapel pin...they seemed like a tight nit group!
I am staying in a Chambre d'Hote in Golinhac in a cottage called Petit St. Jacques which can sleep 6. I am alone and the cost is 55 euros per night. Super nice folks in Krista and Paul who are shown below...
|Petit St. Jacques cottage|