Spent the day on the trail with the lovely German guy again and we talked about fuel for your body. One of the things I’m finding hard to adjust to on the trail is to understand how to fuel my body correctly. As I’m doing this for 3 months I need to make sure I feed my body with water and food correctly at the right points to enable it to do the physical challenge based on the length of my walk for the day. On day 1 of the trail when I got lost, I’d run out of food and water 18k before I reached the hotel for the night. Needless to say, I was in a very bad shape when I arrived. Think of it like a Hangry Godzilla, in the form of a 5’7 girl.
We first started walking through pine forest just after Les Faux which slowly thinned out as we hit larger and larger villages. A lot of the villages started to have this repetitive feel to them, coupled with the continual Iron crosses covered in stones which line the Camino. There are also continual signed which easily show you the directions that you need to follow the trail (called the GR65 here). Some of these signs point you continually towards the Saint Jacques de Compostelle. It was at this point I spotted one and saw I still had 1,464k to go to Santiago (plus another ~600k on the Portuguese Camino). Am I mad? Possibly, but my family’s not committed me…. yet…
In Aumont- Aubrac when we arrived the village was larger than a lot of the places we’d stayed. With cobbled winding streets. And even better, the Gite we stayed in had a place where we could do laundry! Hoorah! I will be less smelly for half a day before I get covered in mud again.