The Trip Down

I woke in our cabin around sunrise, I had been on a top bunk which shouldn’t have been a problem for an able bodied youngster like myself. Only now I realise, I am neither young or able bodied, I am in fact closer to forty than thirty, I’m overweight and I’m due a slapped wrist for my diet. God help me, what have I got myself in to?
We arrived in la Havre shortly before 8am, by quarter past we were driving on French soil.

10am – We stop for our first French coffee & pain au chocolat, I stretch my legs, there’s not a cloud in the sky. We still have a long way to go to my parents place in Gourdon.

1pm – We’ve stopped and seen wild European pond tortoises and had lunch. I feel like a kid again, looking out for wildlife as we go. So far I’ve come across – red kite, black kite, hen harrier, buzzards, hares, fox, deer, pheasants and of course the tortoises…?!

6pm – Finally we’ve arrived at my parents place, it’s a very nice static caravan. (No jokes about trailer parks and white trash please, the folks here wouldn’t like it). We had dinner with some of the residents who are my parents friends.

11pm – Bed, which I believe may actually be smaller than my sleeping mat?!

About waytosantiago

The way of St. James is one of the three largest Christian pilgrimages of the world. I intend to walk one of the many routes which begins in le Puy en Velay, France. The route has been trodden by many weary souls, looking for answers, looking for adventure, for the obvious religious reasons, or just walked for the sake of it. I first came across the route about 6 years ago whilst reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’, I decided maybe something could be learnt from spending so much time on the road in solitude. Being the kind of person that lives to work, these ideas were put on hold whilst my life moved steadily forward. Recently I’ve found myself longing for adventure and decided it was time to begin planning. Another thing I decided was if I was going to do this, I may as well try and raise money for charity along the way. So the story begins...
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2 Responses to The Trip Down

  1. Mike Davey says:

    What great spotting already (I didn’t know you were a twitcher?) even more envious now 🙂 I will be thinking of you while I am stuck in the office mate.

  2. Jasmin veness says:

    Your young at heart and that’s all that matters 🙂 wish i was with you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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