The crew was up and ready to head off to the square for a quick breakfast, partially found in the food market that was just setting up Then it was so long to Bob and Le Trois Pelerin were off and away, eager for a new day. We followed the river out of town which a nice way to depart before the busy early morning roads.
After a bit of a harried time walking along a busy highway we found quieter ways and met the first of many new friends today. This group happily enjoyed all the handfuls of grass that we could give them!
Then back along a river for a time to a peaceful place.
There were definitely some hills to cross today, but we are heading towards an ancient lake bed where it’s more suitable for Kathy to walk.
Walking with Kathy
Using a tracker on Kathy’s cell phone, Bob caught up to us and took a game, but tired Kathy back to Castres for a shower and a nap while we carried on for the next 5 hours.
And then there were two. We arrived into the village of Viviers where we stopped at the city hall and had our credentials stamped and they were really pleased to see us. A very nice reception and a very Chemin oriented stamp, as have been many on this way. We’d read that often this wasn’t the case, but so far it seems to be the norm.
...and surprisingly we passed by this very old former windmill, now part of a farming complex.
We walked onwards, all the while my boots were getting more and more comfortable. My crushed toes slowly stopped hurting, even the small one Ken. Nice shiny boots that will look slightly different at the end of this adventure. Funnily enough, Annemarie and I have ended up in the same boots! Never saw that one coming.
We stopped at Dourgne at a posh restaurant for a cold drink and were seated at a plastic table away from the dinning British folks. Can’t say I blame them. It was hot and no doubt we were probably not at our best:) We were just happy to sit a while and enjoy a cold beverage, on ice no less! We then retired to a bench in the square where we shared our baguette chicken sandwich we’d purchased this morning. So good!!
After our all to brief rest we headed back out into the heat. How hot was it? Look at what happened to these sunflowers,
Responses and Reactions: When we have told people about our Camino for Alzheimer’s Awareness, we typically get one of three responses; a) people are excited or inspired, b) they indicate that someone close to them has Alzheimer’s and we have a discussion about our experiences, or c) people shut down completely. We had the latter experience a few nights ago over dinner when we were chatting with a walker who finished his walk in Lunas. We proudly pointed out the Camino for Alzheimer’s Awareness on our shirts, and he immediately shut down and turned away. I have heard from members of my support group that this reaction is not uncommon, adding to the feelings of loneliness that people with Alzheimer’s and their families experience. It was a good reminder to us, and reinforced the importance of building awareness.