Camino- Day 3 (29k; Saugues to Le Faux)

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Walking from Sausage I had to make the decision where to stop, based on how far I wanted to walk the next day. Most walker stopped at Le Sauvage, which is a beautiful stone building built by the Templar Knights to protect pilgrims on their journey in the 12th Century. But by walking this distance, it would put the next stop 33k away. So I ended up staying out at Les Faux, in a 15th Century farm house.

The majority of the walk today was in mild rain. To me this was a light rain, but all the majority of the other Camino walkers I saw on the route were really upset by the rain. This made me think about something a friend had said to me before I left on my journey. Emotions will change every 5 minutes. But by thinking I’m having a horrible day because it is raining, this can make the majority of your feelings for the day be a variant on a negative feeling. But if you re- framed it to think all the plants smell so much fresher in the rain, you’ll enjoy the rain more, and your day. Now rain isn’t normally an issue for me, as I LOVE walking in the rain (as only a weirdo like me can). It washes down my face and feels like it cleans everything away. But with everyone feeling so unhappy, I found this did start to get me down a bit and I almost had to work harder to really enjoy my day walking through a stunning pine forest.

The pine forest with winding sand paths dominated the walk for the majority of the day with breaks in occasional small villages which look like they’re out of a fairy tale (and you’re about to be chased by the ogre hiding under the bridge). This eventually led to Le Savage, where I stopped with my German friend to have a hot drink. The building was very old, but the owners had obviously gone to a lot of trouble to give the buildings an authentic feel in their refurbishment. Walking around the building, you could certainly feel the atmosphere of the place as something special for pilgrims on their Camino.

Towards the end of the walk I came out to L’Hospitalet at St. Roch. Here the water coming out of the pipes is meant to have magical properties, I don’t know about that. I did try flapping my arms, but I’m still disappointingly not able to fly. One day!

Right next to this is the chapel at St Roch. Here I really started to see the challenge with English guides for this route. My guide stated the chapel is always closed. However, the chapel was open for pilgrims to visit and pray on arrival. Going on from here to Les Faux I came to the problem with my other guide, the distance in my guide should have had me finish at 26k, with the path going directly through Les Faux. However, my other guide was wrong. The path doesn’t actually go through Les Faux, its about 3k away from it. But none the less I arrived in to a beautiful open roaring fire and a gorgeous coffee to warm me.

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I can come in many labels, many boxes, a divorcee, survivor, traveler, writer, optimist. But these labels only limit me to who I am at this point in time. But as you will read on my blog, I am my journey. I hope you will enjoy walking this path with me.

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