Had a nice evening of conversation with some nice women walking together in Aumont-Aubrac. Ended up not turning in until pretty late. The kind of conversation you can get into in Europe over some late drinks. German and Spanish managed to speak mainly English.
Day 7 was a pretty tough day of walking to end week one. 27km of trail covered at 1200+ meters elevation was a real test of fitness. Since I had a plan to make it all the way to Nasbainol I probably pushed it a bit, but i would like to get back on track to complete my Camino by the first of November.
So, my first week showed 116km completed by the numbers shown in my guidebook. My Fitbit shows considerably more, but I did quite a bit of extra sightseeing with wrong turns and extra walks around the towns so I think that total is pretty close to the truth. 116 is a bit of a disappointing number given how far I have to go, but I made it over a lot of steep rocky trails at between 3200 and 4200 feet. Tomorrow I will pass the highest elevation on the Chemin in France at 4400 ft., and end the day at less than 2700 ft.
I admit to being a bit amazed by the numbers add up for a week of walking.
Every cafe should have one of these
The light! The colors! It’s easy to see why people come here to paint