Day Fifteen

Well it’s 6.30pm, I’m sat with the iPad downloading, I have a beer in front of me and I’ve had a long hot bath… Such luxury for a pilgrim. I’m in Cahors, a rough 35km today and I wasn’t supposed to be here until tomorrow!
My night in Varaire went soundly, despite waking up to find someone else had stayed in the room as well.
I left around eight again, thinking I was in for an easy day! Today I gave myself the luxury of listening to music. I was walking the Cami Ferrat a 15km stretch of old roman road, yep it was pretty much straight!
I knew by walking the extra distance yesterday it would screw up today’s plans, so even from the time I left I had in the back of my mind the idea I may end up in Cahors. By 1pm I’d say my feet were done for, but I’d passed where I’d planned to stay over an hour ago. Supposedly Cahors was only 10km(ish). I’ve decided I don’t trust French distances?!
Finally, I reach La Marchande, from here it’s only about 6km and the guidebook says it’s nearly all down hill.
Well, all I can say is ‘my arse’, for the next 4km(ish) I have been walking gently upwards along dirt tracks between heathlands. It’s beautiful, the sun has finally come out, but I’m not stopping to put sunscreen on.
Finally the path turns to road and the road begins to decend, very steeply. Put it this way I wouldn’t park my car on it!
Some cursing later and I’m at the bottom, I find my way into town and just over the bridge there’s a little pilgrim information centre. I stop for a drink and to find out where I can stay.
Tonight I stay somewhere nice!

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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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2 Responses to Day Fifteen

  1. Mike Davey says:

    Keep going mate looks like you are making great time – those little extra few KM each day will certainly add up. Sounds like you are enjoying it and the scenery sounds incredible, keep up the great work!

    I look forward daily to your posts, keep smiling and above all keep walking 🙂

  2. Jasmin says:

    Well as it sounds like your relaxing too much get the f*$# on!!!!! Thank you 🙂

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