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Far from the madding crowd

September 13, 2018

I met more cows than people on the trail today. Surface was volcanic gravel or grass. Little on roads.

This guy is like a ranger who maintains the Camino. He told me about a more scenic (less road walking) traditional route. I took it and was by myself. Well marked, walking on grassy trails, gorgeous country.

I stopped in this church in Bains from 1125 at his suggestion.

I finally realized a big learning experience from last year’s Camino:how to enjoy traveling alone. This trail requires me to speak French, be careful about navigating, plan for enough water and good for the day- not like in Spain! It’s work! I had a blast today and kept a good attitude. My body is holding up ok so far, the problematic foot and back pain from prior walks were minimal.

My Caminho Portugeus in May with Kay was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. This may end up be the most incredible solo experience. I’ve asked lots of people for directions. I had two people pull their cars over today and get out to congratulate me and told me of their Camino experiences ( at least I think that’s what they were saying). No one seems to speak English but they are friendly, helpful, and the bread is really, really good.

From → Writing Fiction

5 Comments
  1. John permalink

    Congrats keep sharing

  2. How fantastic that you and the ranger’s paths crossed!

    Traveling alone is indeed a unique experience…and doubly unique in that you know many people like me are sharing it with you via this blog-

    Sleep well!

  3. Chip Frazier permalink

    Keep the posts coming! Really interesting stuff! Doing a comparison of the CF and the route you are taking now?

  4. Leslie Starr Hart permalink

    Follow the ranger…very good grasshopper. The Bains church is amazing and well timed. dorme vous` frere robert?

  5. Wilhelm permalink

    Wonderful my Friend Robert!

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