Today I learnt an important lesson about pace! The first half of the day the Lady and I walked fairly slowly, which meant in the afternoon when I was tired we had to push our pace quickly. Especially as we didn’t have anywhere booked! This was tough as it was also the first time I’d had to do 2 days in a row at over 30k in distance (before the slightly shorter day to Golinhac tomorrow).
The walk today was mainly across the river called the ‘Le Lot’ where in France you don’t pronounce he ‘t’ at the end of Lot. When we passed through Espalion we saw a sculpture of a diving suit, as this is where the French inventor Benoit Rouquayrol was born. He, along with Auguste Denayrouze invented the first diving suit (which was included by Jules Verne in his book ‘20,000 leagues under the sea’).
From here onwards, we would keep spending the day passing this medieval like hamlets. These seemed untouched by modern buildings and were surrounded by slopping grass covered valley’s with sporadic short trees. The towns became further and further between which meant I had to be practical about where I stopped to get food and water. To make sure I didn’t run out.
When passing through Estaing (before we eventually reached Golinhac), I couldn’t stop thinking it looked like where Dracula should live. As the main tower was reached by a bridge crossing over the river. This is one of the first places I passed where I’d liked to have spent more time to soak in the history. But as I’m trying to make sure I complete the majority of my Camino before December, I have to press on.
Golinhac itself is a small village on top of a blustering hill. There was nothing of note about this and the Lady and I ended up crashing into a campsite with a gite. This was where I got my first sight of the crazy people who do this walk and camped!