Looking forward, 10 of the next 11 days will be walking less than 17.5miles per day . It’s odd to say that that is going to feel like a break. As we walk out of the “desert” today, the VF will rejoin us. We will be hitting more populated villages and hopefully more open stores. Unfortunately, today is Sunday. So we will have to wait one more day to see if that holds true.
Actually we were provided for very well by our host families, and we never lacked for anything but cold water. But passing open supermarkets and pharmacies will be comforting nonetheless. Because of the spacing between villages, we will end our day at a campsite (our third for this pilgrimage).
Today started out cool, but the temperature quickly rose as the sun climbed and pounded down on us. I found another use for my cotton bandanna since we ran out of sunscreen. I pinned the bandanna to my cap, and it worked perfectly throughout the day.
We found a shady spot to stop for lunch. It is amazing the temperature difference in the shade here. I would imagine it is at least 15 to 20 degree difference in Fahrenheit. We enjoyed our sandwich and nuts and dried banana chips. Then we began to contemplate how to refresh our food supplies realizing it is Sunday.
We decided that the largest town around was Brienne le Chateau (site of the military school where Napoleon was schooled). It was a total bust.
We finished a hot day in the sun after totaling 18.1miles (more than intended due to a busted search for water and food in Brienne le Chateau. And everything is closed on Sunday in France apparently. But thanks to a kind young woman relaxing in her backyard with probably friends and family , who filled up our empty water bottles. That was physically and mentally refreshing.
We tiredly stumbled into the campground, and we were promptly turned away. They were full. There were two campgrounds in the area. We had one last chance. The opposite of our somewhat rude dismissal at the first place, the second one initially said they were also full but quickly stated that for pilgrims they would find a place. Indeed, they found us more than a tent site but an actual room with a double bed. We were in end-of-day heaven. So no tent camping after all.
I so wanted to hug the gentleman who graciously found us a room. I highly recommend Colombier as a place to stay. They are so helpful, and the hospitality is beyond what is expected.
This is a family run business. The oldest daughter actually sat and talked with us for some time. They were a homeschool family (rare in Europe) and had travelled through the Middle East and Africa together as a family. It was such a cool story. see bostrotters.over-blog.com
Well, we ended the day with a dinner at the restaurant near the campground. This is a hoppin’ vacation area with lots of boaters and beach vacationers at the adjacent lake.