Today was the first of two days walking over 30k in succession before a shorter day to walk out to Conques. I’ve managed to work out to hit my time frame of finishing by the beginning of December I’ll need to average 30k a day. This will then allow me to have a complete rest day once a week.
The first 19k we did in really good time which allowed the Lady and me to stop for a coffee in Aubrac, before stopping for lunch in Saint- Chely- d’ Aubrac. Just before we got into Aubrac we reached a statue which really struck a corde with me. It said, ‘In the silence and solitude you will only hear the essentials’. This is a quote from Camille Belguise’s Echo’s of silence.
The walk in the first part of the day was across bleak hills, but the afternoon was spent walking from hamlet to hamlet with short breaks into the countryside. The most beautiful part of the day for me was in the afternoon walking through silver birch trees. The leaves had scattered to the floor in a carpet of soft red mulch. The sunshine sparkling through the remaining green foliage, dancing across the ground.
We also were lucky enough to meet a sturdy companion (a beagle who we named Chilly) who walked with us from Saint- Chely- d’ Aubrac. This was at first exceptionally worrying as we didn’t want him to be too far from home. But after bumping into a farmer he’d said Chilly did this most days, following the walkers (which seemed crazy as this was 15k walk each way for a pretty fat beagle), but goes to show what I know!
Once we arrived in St Come d’Olt we were lucky enough to get a place in the 12th century Convent. This was a yellow stoned building just outside the main town. When we arrived the setting sun lit it up so that it seemed bathed in a golden light.