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.
Peg and Russ Hall
- Second Wind
- Why Walk It?
- Step 1. Planning Your Camino -- What kind, Where, When, How far, Alone, Getting there . . .
- Step 2. Getting Ready -- Training, Packing, Gear, Clothes, Electronics, Passports, TSA . . .
- Step 3. Being There -- Money, Lodgings, Food, Language . . .
- Step 4. Adapting -- Guidebooks, Websites, Trail conditions, Schedule, Water, Weather, Pain, Hazards, Phones . . .
- 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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