Day 30: At Home

Posted by on May 17, 2022 in Travel Update | 2 Comments

Q & A Section We had several good questions of general interest (sorry, Tom, not yours) so figured we’d cover them today. Q from Jim R: What is a gîte? Most nights we stay in a gîte which is a usually a privately owned home. It can be a standalone place (see yesterday’s post where […]

Day 29: A Most Unique Gîte 

Posted by on May 17, 2022 in Travel Update | No Comments

The Gite Restuaration Rapide Arret et Aller is located on the outskirts of the village of Argagnon and is run by Linda, an English woman. It is a colossal place built in the 1700s. What made it truly unique though, was the on premise menagerie. Ducks, chickens, geese, and a turkey roamed the yard next […]

Day 28: Getting There

Posted by on May 16, 2022 in Travel Update | 5 Comments

Today, we’ll start with the Q & A Section From Sue B.: “What do the route markers look like or are you following a specific map? Okay, you probably use GPS. I’m old fashioned.” A: What a coincidence. I was going to address this very issue sometime soon, so today is as good as any […]

Day 27: The Family Business

Posted by on May 14, 2022 in Travel Update | 2 Comments

Many of the places we stay at are small, family businesses. Sometimes run by a couple, sometimes just a single owner. Last night we stayed at a Hotel-Restaurant run by a couple with a young son. It was an opportunity to see French life in action. When we arrived in the late afternoon the father […]

Day 26: 1000

Posted by on May 14, 2022 in Travel Update | 5 Comments

And I would walk 500 milesAnd I would walk 500 moreJust to be the man who walks a thousand milesTo fall down at your door Lyrics from ”I’m Gonna Be” by the Proclaimers The number 1000 has come up a lot recently. First, this pilgrimage will be (roughly) 1000 miles for us. Today, we reached […]

Day 25: A Bit of Wild Life

Posted by on May 13, 2022 in Travel Update | 4 Comments

In the wee hours of the morning we were woken by thunder. For half an hour we listened to the storm and counted the time between flashes of lightning and the resulting thunder. It got within a mile of our gite. We hoped that the storm would get the rain out of the local weather […]

Day 24: A Petite Pause

Posted by on May 11, 2022 in Travel Update | 2 Comments

Today was just as hot as yesterday—in the 80s. Fortunately our trek was only about two thirds as long as yesterday and the first half was in fog or with an overcast. Random observations: In over three weeks we’ve only encountered two other Americans. One was a brief encounter as she was on her final […]

Day 23: Hot and Long

Posted by on May 11, 2022 in Travel Update | 2 Comments

Our area of southern France is experiencing a minor heatwave. Our walk today was long with temperatures in the 80s, so the pictures and Relive video are going to have to tell the story. It didn’t help that I somehow lost my hat. Yes, I am very sad. My phone number is in it. Hopefully […]

Day 22: Dirty Names?

Posted by on May 9, 2022 in Travel Update | No Comments

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the name of our city tonight was worth saving. Before you go any further, rest assured that this blog continues to be rated G—slipping into PG at worst. Anyways, we are staying in…Condom. Not to be confused with the word spelled the same in English. The origin of the […]

Day 21: End of a War

Posted by on May 8, 2022 in Travel Update | 2 Comments

Today the French celebrate VE Day: Victory in Europe, commemorating the end of the Second World War in the European theater in 1945. From the very beginning of our trek every town, no matter how small, seems to have a monument to their war dead. Nearly two million—military and civilian—died during World War I which […]

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