Apologies to Bill Bryson for borrowing his title.
Every gîte has been fun and interesting in its own way. Last night we stayed at one in a very small town called Bach. Nicolas left his busy life in Toulouse several years ago for a simpler life running a gîte on the camino. I should have guessed we were in for an entertaining experience when I sent him a note that we might be a bit late as we had a long hike that day. He promised me a cold beer when we arrived. And, delivered. It was an excellent beer brewed locally by a friend who has his own micro-brewery.
We were actually greeted by Diego, his lovely partner at the gîte. She greeted us with a loud bark. She then fetched her frisbee. Diego is friendly, and relentless when it comes to playing. Nicolas speaks excellent English and wants to learn more so we had some great conversations. He also taught us some French and discussed culture.
For dinner we were joined by Peter the Hungarian, also relentless. He averages 40 KM (about 25 miles) a day and once did 57! We are doing roughly 30. He left his job working tech support for a Hungarian bank and said his professional job is pilgrim. We had a great time with Peter and Diego the Relentless pair, and our host Nicolas.
Most gîtes require reservations. Nicolas likes them but said he won’t turn someone away who needs shelter. He can accommodate 10 normally—21 in a pinch. We enjoyed our time there thoroughly.
Our walk in the woods was sheltered and cool for most of the morning. We ran into a number of other pilgrims we haven’t met before including Barbara from Bainbridge Island—near Seattle. She’s the first American we’ve met in three weeks. We met her on our walk into Cahors. Unfortunately she returns to America from here so we won’t see her again.
We are doing well on our schedule and found a nice apartment on Booking.com so will take an extra day here. Cahors is the biggest town on this camino with a population of 20,000. It’s also roughly the mid-point so a great spot for a break. Which also means no post tomorrow. But Laurie got some great shots on this sunny day.