It must have the sign of a new year, but yesterday we cranked out 20 miles. We shipped one pack and Monica carried one the first half of the route and I carried it the second half, for the first 19 miles, fairly easy rolling trail. It was hot, and we only found two water stops, one of which we went to a farmhouse and asked the woman to fill our bottles. Murphey’s law, the day before was a much shorter walk, and there was water available every mile. The 20th mile was a corkscrewing climb up about 600 ft., but thankfully at the top was a Gite, our stop for the night and cold beers. The Gite served a super home cooked dinner. The night at the Gite included a private room w/bath, dinner & breakfast for 42 Euros. And we met some interesting French and French Canadian Pilgrims.
Today we are in Cahor, it was a shorter hike today, but more climbing and the temp at 85-90 and humid. There was a few drops of rain that did nothing but increase the humidity. We are in a hotel tonite just got their last room. There are a number of Pilgrims here (a number of Pilgrims that started in le Puy, Belgians, German, and Australian are stopping and going home tomorrow), but there are hundreds of tourist. We are now having a problem finding any kind of accommodations. Some places have closed for the season, and the remaining ones are reserved way in advance.
So,saddle up Pilgrims we have to skip the village we had intended the to stay in, and walk about 12 Kms further.