Day Six. 9.6 miles (15.5 k)
Written on April 25, 2012.
Pictured is Chapelle de Bastide, begun in 1522, and reworked several times since. It is in the middle of a roundabout.
After breakfast this morning in Aumont-Aubrac we began our walk. We planned on a shorter day today, perhaps 8 or 9 miles. Our bodies need a break today. It has taken more effort to walk in the snow, sleet, rain, and wind. We are well equipped and have become very good at helping each other change quickly to and from our rain gear. Today we have only seen a few pilgrims. Usually everyone is passing us. Perhaps they have left very early. We realized that we did not have any protein at breakfast and pulled out the sandwiches that we purchased on the way out of town. After awhile I could feel the renewed energy.
As we took a break we were mesmerized by a beautiful reddish-brown hawk that was busy trying to find his own snack. We slowly made our way along knowing that today will not be a long day. We saw in our Miam Miam Dodo, (French guide book), that there is a farm along the way. The wind was picking up. At one point the wind pushed me toward the edge of a river but I leaned on my walking stick just in time. After 5-1/2 hours of walking we arrived at Ferme des Gentianes. A working cattle farm. As I was in our room I heard Vern talking to someone….it was Yannick and Evelyne! We did not expect to see them today. After they arrived the doorbell kept ringing and ringing before long every room was filled. Yannick told me later that the policy of the farm is to never turn anyone away. They will drive pilgrims to other homes if they need to. We are grateful for this place and for Yannick, Evelyne, Aloin, Michel from the French Caribbean, Beatrice, and other pilgrims who give us tips on being safe.
Today we met our first dog pilgrim. Very well behaved. It was good for Vern and I to be around a dog!
We walked over a few bridges of this type today.