Some would call each day a stage like a bike race, except it’s not a race, competition or marathon, it’s a journey into self-healing, a voyage I chose to undertake, not exactly sure where it would lead me; but I am finding out! 😉
That single rest day wasn’t enough to clear my leg up, so I’m taking two more days here in Le Puy-en-Velay to get some strength back and recuperate. I’ve adjusted my pace to a much slower and precise method, first because I had to when my leg was hurting, but now I consciously do it and it is more enjoyable! 😄
So stage 1 is complete, having covered just under 450 kms in 3 weeks. Next will come stage 2, from Le Puy to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a distance on the Camino of around 730 kms. I’m not suggesting any timeframe here cause I don’t know! That will be followed by stage 3, the final 800 kms to Santiago de Compostela.
I think I once said that hiking/trekking for me was like meditation, well walking the Camino can be too, I walk and I meditate, it’s incredibly liberating! 😊
It was inevitable I suppose, that after nearly 400 kms I would begin to tire, and so it has proved! Yesterday when I awoke I felt extremely weak and with a sore throat, lacking energy and a little motivation; I guess it may have been beneficial to rest last week instead of pushing on as I have! 3 days in the week were over 30 kms and that is the last time I attempt such elongated stages! 😊
I’m taking my rest day in Montfaucon-en-Velay staying in a small family run hotel! It’s just what I need after 2 and a half weeks of walking! Yesterday on the Chemin I met up with many others whom I’ve seen before, but in the end I had to say I couldn’t continue. They stayed in a gite and continued on this morning…some will be stopping in Le Puy-en-Velay, others carrying on just like me, to Santiago!
I had a really good sleep last night and I’ll be stronger after today , just lounging around, studying my guidebooks and practicing Spanish! 😄
Saturday I arrived in St-Prim overlooking the Rhone river valley! Over 30 kms covered and the last time I’ll do such a slog! In fact I’ve done it 3 times this week and that’s too much! 😁 so I’ve decided to limit my stages to roughly 25 or so kms or under from now on! 😊
I’m motivated for my own personal journey and whenever I pass farmland and see cows or sheep or goats in the field, I’m motivated for the animals too! Please help me to help The Farm Animal Sactuary! Thank you! 😊
Decided not to go down to Arles, realizing it may be difficult without proper guide or map; so I’m continuing on to Le Puy and then on to St Jean-Pierre-de-Port, keep you posted to my progress…
I’ve past the 200kms mark today and arrived in Pin next to lake Paladru! Tomorrow I’ll decide whether or not to alter course for Arles, which was in the original open planning…
I’ve arrived in Geneva having journeyed about 65kms
Now leaving for France…😄 🚶