Sunday, 1 December 2013

Via Podiensis (October 24, 2013) - Day 46 Lascabanes to Lauzerte

Today was a real nice and easy walking day of 24 kms in 5.5 hours. It was the low 20's...absolutely perfect walking weather in shorts. Unfortunately my new foot protection caused my first blister in 2 weeks...have a Compeed blister bandage on it and expect that will do the trick.

Last night at supper we once again met the couple walking to Moissac...Sonia and her husband. Both are vegetarian and did not have supper with us as they had their own food. We also met a couple of young people...Mark from Salzberg Austria and Jenna originally from Poland but now residing in Germany.

Jenna is walking from somewhere in Austria to Santiago de Compostela or a distance of 2,500 kms. She is 20 years old and is looking to find herself and her purpose in life...she wants to be in theatre. Since her Camino start she has slept mostly in churches or in a small tent given to her by a fellow pilgrim. 

Jenna professes to having been scared on a number of occasions sleeping in some of these places by herself. She also believes she has found her purpose in life and now knows what she wants to do. I'm happy for her however did not want to mar her enthusiasm by saying that many of us...almost triple her age still haven't figured it out!

Mark, an accomplished pianist, describes himself as a vagabond. He intends to walk to Santiago de Compostela and back for a total distance of 5,000 kms...same story with the added touch of sleeping in abandoned buildings etc. Jenna and Mark met while on the Camino and are staying at the Gite des Figuers on a Donativo basis. Supper was great...

Super vegetable soup
Chicken with quinoa
Rocamadour cheese
Steamed prunes

We left a little late this morning past 8:30 Georges, Yosh and me...Cyrille still languishing behind. The morning went by quickly with a nice mixture of walking...road and forest. A few pictures...

Cyrille as we are leaving

Georges on nice trail section
Interesting hut
Long road walking section ahead
Arid fields


Lauzerte...a bit of a climb!

St. Jacques statue

Essentially a very quiet day...except small snakes were seen again...starting to get worried they are following me!

Future Pilgrims

We are staying at le Gite les Figuers. Michel the hospitaliers is a former pilgrim has been very receptive...offered us a drink as we walked in. The cost is 15 euros with breakfast.

We are staying in a room for five (four of us) in a very clean superb Gite. Michel told us that 4,500 pilgrims have stayed at the Gite this year!

We will be will be eating at the Pizzeria in Lauzerte tonight. Tomorrow we will be in Moissac...which will be Yosh's last day with us. He will be missed for sure.

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