Senergues to Conques

Day Fourteen. 5.7 Miles. 9 Kilometers. To date: 126.8 Miles, 203 Kilometers.

Written on May 3, 2012

Pictured: Flower pot figures on the way to Conques.

We are grateful for a short day. The Gite, Domaine de Senos, in Senergues was wonderful. We were in a two room “dorm” with our friend, Michel, in his own room and Vern and I in the other. There was a bunkbed in our room but no one else arrived. The food was wonderful. This Gite has everything to renew and refresh a Pilgrim that anyone could ask for. Michel, Francois, Roland, Vern, and I left about the same time and would walk for awhile and then see each other when breaks were needed. The mud was minimal today and the walk was pleasant. I am resting more. It is apparent that we will need to start earlier in the mornings. Breakfast is offered at most Gites…serving time usually is at 7 a.m. It is better for us to start earlier. To walk in the cooler weather and to arrive in a village or town while there is plenty of time to rest, shower, and launder before dinner helps us have more energy for a full day of walking.

Pictured: Stained glass window with three scallop shells at Church of Saint-Marcel.

One of the breaks today was in Saint-Marcel, a small village with a church, table, bench, and friendly dog named Yes.

After Saint-Marcel the Camino went downhill for approximately 2.5 miles. We carefully made our way down steep rocky creekbeds with a web of roots. At one point I slipped on a rock and did not have my stick far enough out to catch myself. The added weight of the bag put me off balance and I fell back onto my backpack. I briefly felt like a turtle that landed on my back. I quickly unfastened my pack so I could start to get up. The rocky path was extremely narrow and I knew that I was in the way. Just about the time that I got myself and my bag to one side a young man came running by at top speed. He seemed to be flying over the rocks. I was going in slow motion and fell. Vern saw me laying in the rocks and came back to help me. A few minutes later we saw Roland and Francois. They noticed that my right elbow was scraped and they applied ointment and a bandaid. Then on to awesome Conques. We are looking forward to exploring this incredible place.


4 thoughts on “Senergues to Conques

  1. I am enjoying your blog very much..sounds like you have had some challenges with the weather…once again, thanks so much for sharing

  2. Hello from Gasquet. You two are having a real adventure! Your pictures and comments have been most interesting and informative. This is an experience you will remember as long as you live. We will be anxious to hear all about it when you get home. Scott & David

  3. Nancy, like others, I am so glad to be following you on this adventure. I especially love the photo of the stained glass window. It is aphoto I would have taken and most likely framed at some point. thanks, again for sharing.

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