Montesquiou and St Christaud

A lovely day. I’m not as sore as I thought I would be, just a little tender in the hips and shoulders from the pack. One more blister today, on the side of my big toe, but nothing that hurts too much. My knees did bither me some this morning when I got up so Im paying more attention to stretching and hopefully it’ll work itself out.
The day started off very grey, although not rainy, and then the afternoon was all sunshine and blue sky. Still a good temp, maybe high 60s, although the …

Long day

I’m sorry I don’t have a lot of energy tonight but let’s see how much I get out before falling asleep. I’ve been trying to upload a little video I recorded today when i stopped for lunch but it wouldnt go.
Today was my first whole day of walking and it was unusually long (most gites/bnbs are closed until after Easter or the beginning of April); 27 kilometers which is 16.77 miles. I didn’t think I’d have much problem so we dallied around the gite this morning and set out around 930. I insisted on walking …

Train travel #1

Im starting to think that I write too much. So, today I will include a long story and a short story (they’re the same, so read one or the other):
Short story: today I missed my first train, even though I left early! It turns out when you buy a ticket online it makes you select ‘e-ticket’ that you have to print out at the station. But the machines at the station don’t accept foreign credit cards! Finally found someone who spoke enough English to rebook me on the later train. And then I caught a …

I’m off!

I’m getting on a train this morning to Agen, France and then I’ll catch a bus to Auch where I am meeting a woman from England that I’ll be walking with for the first couple of weeks. I don’t expect to have Internet for a while once I start walking on Sunday, but I wanted to leave you with something.
Here is a portrait that my good friend Robin did for a class; the assignment was to capture people ‘in their element.’ (She has a blog too! Click on RobinBotie.com to have a look. She’s …

Bordeaux

Well it was a pretty good day today. I started it the right way, with some yoga and stretches, and then went out and found a chocolate croissant and expresso. First things first! The croissant lived up to my high expectations, flaky in the outside, chewy on the inside, not too airy, not to dense. Just right. Then I basically wandered around the city for the last 4 hours (I’m guessing I walked about 15 k, or 9ish miles). I found the Notre Dame (not the super famous one) and the botanical gardens. The gardens …