Rest Day in Saint-Chely-d’Aubrac

Day Nine.

Written on April 28, 2012

Pictured: The view from Rue de la Mairie with church in background.

Yesterday we checked with the hotel. They did not have any vacancies. The reason we were checking the hotel was because we wanted to have a room where we did not have to leave early. When staying at a Gite it is requested that everyone leaves by 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. and we were trying to find a place with wifi so I could not only rest my body, but also get caught up on posting to my blog. The owner of the hotel said that she did not have any rooms but that for 41 euros each we could have a full house to ourselves. She also included dinner and breakfast for both of us. She motioned for us to put our backpacks in the back of her car so she could give us a ride to the house. At that moment it felt like my feet were glued to the ground. What? I’m not going to get in a car! How far can it be? This town is not that big. When I said, no merci..she said to just walk toward the church. The house is next to the church. I walked really fast so I would not delay her. It was just a short walk and I felt good that I did not get in the car.That’s a good deal and the house is in a good location. We took a nap and then I walked to the church to look inside. Everyone is friendly. There is a bar close by and we are getting to know the owners because they have wifi and they are such a great young couple.

Pictured: Vern in our rest day house in Saint-Chely-d’Aubrac. I washed almost all my clothing. There were several heaters to dry everything on. It’s a great village……just what we needed. Again we are seeing familiar faces. When we were in the bar we met a woman from New Zealand who was once a pilgrim and now owns a bed and breakfast for pilgrims. We introduced ourselves and she said oh I talked to Valerie yesterday when she stayed with me and she told me all about the American couple who is walking from Le Puy to Muxia! Again, you can call it what ever you want but there is a definite pilgrim networking of news and info that stretches many miles. There is a strong connection when you meet someone you have heard about. We know that soon we will be meeting Barbara from Monterey, California. We have heard about her from many people. There are three Americans now on the Camino in the region that we are in: Vern, I, and Barbara. As soon as there are more we will know!

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