Went for a walk and we found a few lights, but we didn’t really see much of Toulouse, just as we experienced in 2016 when we were transiting and needed to briefly stop on the way from the airport to the train station to purchase a guide book for the Le Puy Chemin.
We said our goodbyes in the hall way outside our rooms and this morning we were up early in order to pick up breakfast food on our way to the train station. We had considered taking a rest day in Toulouse, but neither of us felt the need and we really seemed to want to find our rhythm again. We had a wonderful time with Kathy and Bob, but with that behind us we knew it was time to press on while we held a decent weather window.
and caught the small train for Pibrac. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to walk out of a big city. We enjoyed a bit of breakfast on our short train ride, more a commuter train, and enjoyed the quiet company across from us.
A very short time later we arrived in the pelerin friendly town of Pibrac and located the route just a few blocks from the train station. Just up the hill on the way into the centre we picked up the sunrise.
We found the markers for the trail, and after passing the church we set of in search of the variant route we had decided to walk.
At first it was ok, but then it was as if some key rote markers had been removed. With the help of a few strangers we managed to find our way eventually to the village of Brax where we reoriented ourselves and set off again. However the problem of the missing signage turned out to plague us for much of the day. Happily we are getting by quite well with our basic French and where we found gaps, we found willing help from the locals. The signage has changed. Gone for now are the red and white markers, to be replaced by these.
We began to take in some nice distant views of the Pyrenees which made me excited knowing that we will turn southward in about a week and cross them about 4 days later. Fingers crossed already for a good weather window!
We arrived in the village of Pujaudran at 12:30 just before the small grocery closed and picked up our lunch supplies which we enjoyed while sitting on a small park bench beside the elementary school where there was a courtyard full of young kids playing.
We kept the Snickers for later...my first on this walk! The duck patè was very nice thank you:)
And still feeling fresh, our destination came into sight, still some 3 kms down the road.
We thought we were staying at a place very close to the centre of town, but turned out it was well out on the other side of the town. We’d hoped to eat at a small place, but it looks like that won’t happen so we’ve asked for demi-pension here tonight which will likely work out a bit cheaper in the end. We really don’t need to add another 5 kms of walking just to eat! We have a moderately long stage tomorrow.