Day 10: Back on the Chemin (Trail)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2022 in Travel Update | 4 Comments

Day 10 of our pilgrimage was much less dramatic and difficult. After the 22.5 miles of day 8 (the longest day of hiking or backpacking ever for either of us) we took a full day off in Conques. Because it was a small city, we were almost forced to relax.

The cathedral there is amazing and we attended mass with much of it sung in French. We caught a few words, but it was beautiful. The front of the church has a very elaborate depiction of the day of judgement. Each night there is a presentation where they illustrate it with lights—so we hear. Way past our bed time.

Our hike today started with a steep climb out of Conques. Clear day with no streams to ford. Plenty of encounters with wildflowers and livestock.

One of the sad things we see is that nearly every town, even the small ones, has a war memorial to both World Wars. France had a population of about 40 million in World War I—with total dead of nearly 2 million. By contrast the US had a population of about 100 million—and about 117,000 killed. So many people lost, even in small towns.

Laurie did a fabulous job on the Relive video—if she doesn’t mind saying.


  1. Julia
    April 30, 2022

    Great photos and awesome Relive video! Conques looks inviting. The selection of cheeses looks amazing! Continue enjoying 🙂

    • Dennis Brooke
      May 2, 2022

      The cheese selection in the average supermarket is amazing. And then there are markets and specialty shops!

  2. Janie Rumberger
    April 29, 2022

    Amazing Cousin’s, So glad you took a day off! I can’t believe you walked that many miles. So inspiring! Yes, we all wish we were you guys! At least I do. What wonderful sites you are seeing. Stay healthy and safe! Blessings! Janie

  3. Jim Rooks
    April 28, 2022

    This looked like a great day on the trail for you both.
    Wish I was there.