Miramont-Sensacq to Arzacq-Arraziguet

Day Thirty Six. 9.6 Miles, 15.5 Kilometers.

Written on May 25, 2012.

Pictured: Inside Eglise de Sensacq.

This morning I grabbed my sleeping bag and my nighttime items and quietly left the room. There were three bunkbeds and each bed was full. I slept good. We had a quick breakfast then it was time to leave.

After three miles of walking we came to the Eglise de Sensacq. It was simple and beautiful. In our book we read that once again the old GR 65 has been changed to a new direction. We chose the old GR 65 and enjoyed our walk. We met up with Pilgrims who we first met in Montreal du Gers.

Pictured: A fence made out of skis and snowboards.

After leaving the Eglise we walked by the pictured fence. I love the creativity.

Limogne-en-Quercy to Bach

Day Twenty One.

7.5 Miles, 12 Kilometers. Total Miles to date: 194.8. Total Kilometers to date: 312.2.

Written on May 10, 2012.

It was so warm this morning that when we left at 7:30 a.m. I did not wear my windbreaker, just a tank top. It was so awesome to not be climbing up and up when leaving a village. Still lots of rocks but it keeps me alert. After four miles of walking we stopped in a village to get something at the market and saw Carmen and Louis. Before entering the village we had seen the four Canadians that we had met at the Chapelle Sain’t-Roch. We called from the village and spoke to a young woman to make a reservation at a Gite in Bach, Gite d’etape Relais Arc-en-Ciel. When we arrived we were the first ones. It is a beautiful Gite. We love our room . Cleaned up, washed clothes, and took a nap. Chloe was preparing our evening meal. She had her laptop in the kitchen and was listening to American metal music. Soon we had a roommate…George from Paris. He speaks English and is helping me pronounce names of towns and villages on the Chemin. Our dinner was wonderful..a lot of fun.

Thanks to Chloe and Michelle for a Gite that is more like a home!

Pictured: Michelle and Cici.

Pictured: A small Chapel in the rock wall in front of Gite Relias Arc-en-Ciel.

Livinhac-le-Haut to Figeac

Day Seventeen.

15.3 Miles, 24.5 Kilometers

Written on May 6, 2012

Pictured: 14th Century murals in the Chapel of Sainte-Madeleine, Chapelle de Guirande.

It started out as a cool morning, perfect for long distance walking. We both slept well. We began walking toward Figeac. This is another holiday weekend in France and there are many local walkers today. After six miles of walking we came to the village of Chapelle de Guirande. We took a break in front of the Chapel of Sainte-Madeleine. It started to rain. We waited to see if it was going to be heavy enough for us to put our ponchos on. We decided that it was and did “the put on your poncho drill”. Although it was raining it was warm.

Today we fasted…….unintentionally. We had made a sandwich to share earlier. It seemed that the sandwich meat was not good so we threw it away. From the time we left Livinhac we looked for anything that was open. We had three cookies and four squares of chocolate. Fifteen miles later when we arrived in Figeac we were hungry. We filled ourselves up with water the best we could along the way. As soon as we found our hotel we met a couple from Australia who were going to the same hotel. When I told them that we will check in and then go find food they gave us a brand new Tobler candy bar!

Pictured: Figeac

All I could think about was food when we left the hotel so I forgot to bring my camera. As we were walking toward the center of the city I started to see people eating. We walked in the direction they were coming from and walked right into a carnival! As we looked at the food choices we found a wonderful deli with a great selection of food! It was fun to walk around and check out the carnival.

Just as we were falling asleep in our hotel there were several, what seemed to be explosions. They were actually fireworks. Then we remembered that today France has elected a new President!

Conques to Livinhac-Le-Haut

Day Sixteen. 14 Miles, 23.5 Kilometers.

Written on May 5, 2012.

Pictured: A photo that I couldn’t resist between Conques and Livinhac-le-Haut.
This morning we were able to be on the Camino by 7:15 a.m. We were almost immediately going straight uphill. The hills we have been climbing make the hills we trained on seem like flat ground. We walked up to Chapelle Saint-Foy 1 mile from the campground. It was a quaint chapel and a good rest stop. Chapelle Saint-Foy was the site of a local pilgrimage. The chapel is built by a spring whose waters were reputed to be miraculous cures for eye complaints.
Pictured: Chapelle Saint-Roch.
The Chapelle Saint-Roch is almost 1-1/2 miles past the village of Noailhac.
A sculpture or statue of Saint Roch almost always has his robe pulled back showing a mark or wound on his leg and he usually has a dog. St. Roch was a healer who helped the sick. He eventually fell ill himself and exposed his sores to warn others.
Pictured: Saint Roch.
After I came out of Chapelle Saint-Roch two couples came up to the picnic table that we were sitting at. They started speaking English. We were surprised! To date we have met only one American: Barbara from Monterey, California. The two couples were Canadian. It was fun to all speak with each other. It was time for us to leave and we continued our walk. It is a beautiful day and my pack is much lighter after going to the post office in Conques. We waited to be out of snow country before sending a few things home. As we got closer to Livinhac I could hear thunder all around us. It wasn’t raining but the thunder was prompting me to walk faster and stay ahead of the storm. We entered Livinhac and looked for the campground. Mobile homes are priced reasonably and we sleep well in them.