La Via Tolosana (France) & Camino Aragones (Spain): "The Arles Route" GR653

La Via Tolosana (France) & Camino Aragones (Spain): "The Arles Route" GR653
La Via Tolosana (France) & Camino Aragones (Spain): "The Arles Route" GR653


PLEASE READ: Our Camino For Alzheimer's Awareness will begin on World Azheimer's Day, September 21, 2018 in Lodève, France about 130 kms west of Arles (underlined on the map above and circled on the route profile at the bottom of the page). We plan to walk together just over 800 kms to Puente la Reina, Spain where Annemarie will determine her next steps. It is, however, Geoff's intention to continue onwards a further 700 kms towards Santiago de Compostela. To put this into perspective, the total distance is about the same as from Victoria to Santa Barbara, California. As usual, we will accept the journey as it unfolds and we are appreciative of any and all support. If you feel moved to contribute to the Alzheimer Society please click on either of the really obvious RED BUTTONS to the right or at the bottom of this page and you will be transferred to the Society's fund raising site. We are paying our own expenses and all money raised will go directly to the Alzheimer Society.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Leon: Sunny, 17

Restorative Day

I went out for pasta last night and then walked the streets for a while. The Spanish are so evening oriented and are always out in the evenings in great numbers. One of the things I love about this Spain. Rob, I think this is beside where we stayed and ate our first night. Still really nice.

I wandered to the cathedral to see it lit up at night.

I sort of slept off and on all night, but eventually I dragged myself out to find a bar and breakfast. Then to the pharmacia where the lady working there was really helpful and told me all about her special trip to Western Canada last year. She loved Victoria and told me how friendly we are there. It was nice to hear. We exchanged stories and she told me to check out the mountains as there has been unusually heavy snowfalls up higher. It’s been on my mind and the latest information I can find is that it’s possible to cross presently. It will chill again in a couple of days so will seek local knowledge as I pass by. 

I really enjoy León. The hi light for me is the cathedral. So I went there to get my credential stamped and then went inside to see the marvellous stain glass.

They have been restoring the church and I noticed that all the support pipes that cross crossed the ceiling have been removed giving a very different look. A clean, elegant look which was the way that windowed gothic cathedrals were meant to be seen. I’ve had the opportunity to see dozens of these buildings and I still place this one in my top 10. Enjoy!

I was given a headset to listen to all the background but I didn’t turn it on as I’ll just forget most everything, and I really just enjoy the stain glass and the contrasts.

Afterwards I walked the streets for a while taking care of a few chores. 

Clearly there is still a Halloween hangover going on!

And David, I found a brew pub that we need to explore together!

I’ve spent the balance of the afternoon hanging out on my nice big bed planning the next few stages in an effort to ensure that I don’t stay up on top of either of the two higher mountains as the weather is going to get cold again, particularly up high. This means that with a few long stages and staying in a few off line non-Brierley places that I can cross the remaining 320 kms in 11-12 days. At least that’s the plan until it changes. I’ll miss a couple of places I wanted to stay this time, but see others like El Acebo where Annemarie knows I’ve always wanted to stop! So a decent trade off. 

Thanks to everyone for your nice notes, and if I didn’t get back to you, please know that I appreciate your vocal support!

I’ll stop slacking off tomorrow, and remember, if you still wish to donate to the Alzheimer Society there’s a link just off to the right and I know that they, and of course I, would really appreciate your contribution. Best wishes to Graydon and Candice on their wedding day tomorrow in a Tofino and I’m very excited that my cousins Gord & Karen will be travelling to join the festivities! Well done.

Buen Camino!

1 comment:

  1. Snow in the mountains? Snow on the plains! Quite a bit fell here last night and it’s still coming down. It’ll be a different walk to campus today. Different shoes—Gore-Tex ones—that’s for sure.

    I remember León very well. Breakfast at the Parador and the peregrino rate, a store where I bought a light jacket which I needed on cold mornings, that magnificent cathedral. Where else would anybody choose to take a rest day?

    Enjoy the walk today. I liked the bit leaving León, even though it’s urban and gritty. It was real.