The diner at Le Villeret d’Apcher was trés good and trés riche. Singing chants of Le chemin de Saint Jacque. Wonderful people. 6 French, 6 German, et moi. I think the fromage really did me in, though.
Day 4 was very busy again, not all in a good way but if I only described the good stuff this wouldn’t be very realistic.
The first part of the day was great. Walking most of the way to Le Sauvage with Lea and Tony, a nice young couple from Paris I sat with at dinner. Lea is a TV journalist from Paris who studied in San Diego for a year, so we talked about her career (with ch 16) which is about to include her field coverage of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. next month. I told her a bit about my work at KOIN more than 30 years ago, and my TV show Pacific Outdoors. For a lot of the walk we were “marchons avec les vaches et les chevaux. See pics.
When we got to a beautiful Gite in Le Sauvage I got an email that I had passed up my reservation by 5 km, and I started feeling dizzy and sick. I won’t go into the details of the rest of the day but they included a dizzy 4 km walk ahead (not back), resting in the grass for a few hours, and taking a car to a Gite around 10 km away. A very nice group of walkers and bicyclists were worried for me but after I threw up some of that wonderful French food, I felt a lot better and they were no longer worried. Turns out my body is used to plain food and not much of it. Hopefully lesson learned.
Another beautiful day this morning, and I think I am over it. I will eat only a little food today and lots of water….and definitely NO French Cheese! It’s wonderful but apparently does not suit me. I am very grateful this morning for the kindness of strangers! I walked with a French Canadian couple who have a friend in Huntington Beach. Met a man walking the camino with no shoes. I didn’t think he would appreciate my “it’s not a penance” comment. A nice Gite in St Alban tonite.more later.
Old Guy Walking
Lea and the bull
Les chevaux required petting for passage
Waiting for my ride
A nice view from the Gite
Beautiful St Albans sur Limognal