It was our fourth day away from home and our first full day of walking. We climbed down from our hotel in the old city, walked through the commercial district, and climbed back up the other side. After the first mile or so, the trail leveled to a gradual rise toward our destination about 12 miles away. It was a bit of a challenge to get our legs in gear, even with all our neighborhood and Millhopper training. It didn't rain until the last few miles.
Le Puy is a very hilly city! As usual, we had a bit of trouble finding our Inn in the historic old city. We walked from the train/bus station to the center of town and then started uphill. Once to the pedestrian-only section, there were steps rather than roads. We found a very cool plaza with lots of sidewalk cafes, and soon afterwards found the Inn. Having settled in and caught our breath. we ventured back out to relax and grab a bite at one of those sidewalk cafes. Not being at all adjusted to the time, we weren't ready for a real dinner and had cheese and charcuterie instead. Good choice. It doesn't get dark until after 10:00, but that did not keep us awake after two days of travel.
On our second day in Le Puy, we visited many of the sites.
We have our tickets! We will return to the Camino.
Our class in early spring at Santa Fe College Comunity Education was a success for us. It reminded us of how much we wanted to walk again. And so, we did it -- we will return.
In 2015, we walked from Moissac to Pamplona. This year, we will start at the beginning, in Le Puy en Velay, and walk to Conques. We will have completed the 1,000-mile primary route, as well as some very intriguing alternate routes.
Training is well under way.
We found a place for Stela to stay. Leaving her makes us sad, but maybe she doesn't feel that way.
We have planned out a tentative itinerary. The towns where we will stay look charming . . . although the countryside is intimidatingly hilly. Best part --- Pam and James are coming too. I reprise of Camino 2013 and Ireland after our Camino 2015.
On the evening of November 6, 2016 we hosted a gathering of local people who had walked the Camino, taken one of our Camino preparation classes, or are contemplating undertaking a hike on the Camino in the future. About 30 of us met for more than two hours in the Blues Creek Clubhouse.
Several participants gave brief "5x5" presentations, but the bulk of the evening was spent enjoying excellent food and the pleasant company of like-minded people. At the gathering we were also able to announce that we again be offering our class at Santa Fe College in three sessions on January 28, February 4, and February 10, 2017. For the first time we will be meeting on Saturday mornings.
We always hate to have this class end. We had three interesting evenings of Camino discussion and a good training hike. Now it is time to decide where to walk in 2016 and start training for real.
One part of our preparation for 2016 is to attend the Gathering of the American Pilgrims on the Camino in April. See the details here.
The site of this year's Gathering has beautiful art and lots of hiking trails.
Hiking the Camino -- Almost Everything You Need To Know
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Here we are again, walking in nearby neighborhood parks, getting in shape for our next Camino adventure. Where will it be? We still don't know, but when we decide we plan and hope to be ready. In the meantime we're preparing to once more offer our annual class for Camino aspirants at Santa Fe College here in Gainesville. Every time we have done it has been fun for us and the participants.
Our time in Ireland, following the rest day in Pamplona and our side trips to San Sebastian and Bilbao, was wonderful. We had sunny days, good hikes, traditional music, and the excellent company of family. If you would like to read more about our post-Camino trip to Irleand and see photos of the gorgeous, sometimes scary vistas, visit Peg and Russ: Adventures Beyond Time. The photos below are to tempt you over for a visit.
Reading from the Beginning to the End
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Peg and Russ Hall
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- Step 3. Being There -- Money, Lodgings, Food, Language . . .
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- Step 5. Being a Pilgrim and a Tourist -- Types of pilgrimmage, Roman roads, Medieval life, Wonders . . .
- Step 6. Living the Lessons of the Camino -- Once or again, Connecting at home, Being hospitaleros . . .
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