After a shaky start with the gps we finally found ourselves where we’d left off the previous day. We pulled over and said goodbye to Bob and headed off down the road in search of the Chemin. Of course the day started as almost every day seems to with an uphill climb! Doesn’t it always?
We made pretty good time and as we walked we explained the method to the madness for Kathy so that she would have some idea of when to go straight ahead or turn. We seemed to pick up the rhythm that we’d developed together while walking in the Greek Islands last September. Of course there were new discoveries in another country, and that was half the fun. Old farm houses with chickens running on the road, and lots of dogs today.
We really did have a grand time laughing and reminiscing about walking on Crete. Must have been a sign??
At some point we came across a lovely country church with loads of history right back until the 12th C. A peak inside was a nice surprise.
Just down the road was a very old building and a great place for a sister, brother photo:)
Arriving in Castres we found this fellow pelerin who looked like we did yesterday...a bit wind swept! My amigo Ken said it all in an email, and I hope it’s ok to share. “My Cree teacher says that you only need to know one expression for the weather in Saskatchewan: yôtin (it is windy). Or even misi-yôtin (it is very windy). But never mîsî-yôtin (it is shit windy)”. It seemed appropriate to repeat this and I’m really impressed to know someone bright enough to learn this difficult language!
A very old long standing pelerin centric church on the way in.
After reconnecting with Bob and having a nice baguette lunch we headed off to find me some new boots. Long story short, the boots I used in Sicily this past spring and had planned to use for this crossing were defective. While at least the left boot was, resulting in some very sore toes. So we drove around to the sports stores and I found another, lighter pair of Salomons. I sprayed them with water proofing stuff and now my hands are waterproof too!
Inside was really quite good, and I’ve seen more than a few European churches.
Then we wandered the old town.
Annemarie’s Alzheimer thoughts...
Conversations with Kathy
Before we left, on our training walk around Burnaby Lake, I asked Kathy if she would mind if I asked her a series of questions while on our Chemin, and I would then post this on our blog as our Alzheimer’s segment for the days she is walking with us. She agreed, and this is the first of those conversations. I asked Kathy what she would like people to know about Alzheimer’s from the perspective of someone who has the disease. She took some time to ponder the question as we walked. We talked about earlier conversations, once when she said she’d like to be treated how she is now, not how she will be in the future, and another time when she said she wanted to attend a family event to show people she’s “still here”. Today’s wisdom from Kathy...”get up, get out, and just do it”. I have many interpretations of what she meant, but I think I’ll let her words stand on their own. I may ask her more about it tomorrow, we’ll see what the walk brings.