Day Five

Well first off I just need to say, plan your day, never overstretch yourself, and always know where you plan to get to… Ah, to hell with that.
Another 8am start although this morning I so didn’t want to get up, despite clock watching from 6ish, looking outside the ground was dry but visibility was none existent. I geared up and head out, it was something else, I was in the clouds, for real, no drugs?! One minute I couldn’t see anything, the next I was above the cloud and blue sky rained down on me. I was planning to finish my day in Aumont-Aubrac, a reserved 16km away. Once I reached Aumont-Aubrac, by eleven thirty I knew I should carry on. Well here lies the cock up! The next village La Chaze-du-Peyre, had a gite but it was only an hour on so I continued. Lasbros wasn’t supposed to have a gite but did, nope, closed. Les Quatre Chemins was supposed to have a gite, but it had burned down. Ferme des Gentianes, nope, fully booked… Rieutort-d’Aubrac, not supposed to have anything, and now I’ve set my sights on Nasbinals, shit they had a place and I was too stubborn to stop. Montgros, 3.5km from Nasbinals, 40km from Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole (where I started this morning), I can’t go on, my feet and legs hurt, the chaffing is excruciating despite stopping several times to apply fresh talc.
I collapse on my bed. Then I inspect my feet, not bad. Oh but wait, the blisters are no longer on my feet! That’s right, now they’re just in my crack…
I ate a hot meal tonight, I say it like its a rarity, because it is.
Ps. Don’t tell my ma, but I walked 40km on a vitamin pill, 6 spirilina tablets, and two litres of water. I wonder if I could go further if I ate breakfast?

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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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One Response to Day Five

  1. Jasmin veness says:

    Haha reading this I can litterly just hear you say it to me like you are next to me, it makes me smile and cringe all at the same time. Althou I know you want to loose weight but flipping hell TOM!! Dont over do it with the not eating…. Please take it abit easier,i want you home quickly but in one bit!

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