Given the low light for photography and the understanding from MMDD that there wouldn’t be any wifi tonight I figured that it would be ok as I couldn’t post on the blog. However, the light improved and it turns out that I do have wifi so there you are. You never know what’s going to happen on the Camino!
I could have called this post something like slipping and sliding because at times that’s just what the walking was like after the rains and the resulting heavy wet clay that resulted.
There were signs of the water everywhere. Quite refreshing actually, and we didn’t have to wear any rain gear which was nice. The grass was soaking wet and the toes of our boots got a bit wet, but nothing serious. Yesterday Annemarie wrote that she got wet in her rain gear, but really she was trying to make a point and both of us stayed quite dry. I just edited her comment slightly before posting it:). As I said, our boot toes both got a bit damp which is disappointing given the Gortex linings are new and I’d waterproofed both sets of boots. Such is life. There’s always newspaper to stuff in over night.
These ladies seem to be enjoying themselves!
A few even got right in my face hoping that I had a bit more food to share!
Then we began to find evidence that suggested a nice fall Thanksgiving Day.
We began to think of all the places we’ve been on Thanksgiving since we’ve retired; 2015 cycling through northern France and Belgium, 2016 walking the Le Puy route in France, 2017 was the Yukon and now in 2018 here we are walking in France again. We sure do like retirement! Sorry Rob.
Also seemed to bring out all these orange guys?
Again a nice day of playing “hill up, hill down”. Really beautiful country.
As we approached Anoye we wondered what the community gîte would be like...we saw this first. And fortunately there wasn’t a sign.
Then we found this...
And as usual, things worked out nicely. We are on the second floor above the city hall. There was a great shower and there is a good kitchen and nice wood bunks for 12 in two rooms. We have our own room as so far there is just a young guy Danny from Quebec, and we will share our meal with him as he’s arrived without carrying any food. There’s no store in this town, but the fridge is full of cold beer!! So we are very thankful for a good roof over our heads and a place to cook our dinner and the ability to share our meal with another pelerin which of course is a Thanksgiving Day tradition.
Balancing Act: twice today our route seemingly led us to impassable washed out roads, and then we looked around and found a rickety looking bridge close by. There were, in fact three bridges like this for us to cross today, and each time I felt my sense of safety and balance slightly tested. Most of us are aware of the impact of Alzheimer’s on our mental processes; memory, problem solving, language processing, etc. Alzheimer’s also has an impact on an individual’s physical capabilities, impacting sight, hearing, and balance in earlier stages and progressively impacting many other physical functions. In crossing these bridges today, I was reminded that people with Alzheimer’s often feel less stable when walking, an effect of both tunnel vision and slower mental processing. Those moments I experienced on the bridges today become increasingly common for people with Alzheimer’s.
To our family and many friends, have a very nice Thanksgiving where ever you might be.
Bon Chemin. Geoff & Annemarie