Yesterday I enjoyed an extended siesta/fiesta and although I arrived at Frangy around 1:30pm, I only managed to walk about 50 minutes out of the town by the end of the afternoon – after my extended lunchtime meal – before deciding that a swinging chair might be the best option for the night ahead:
I had a lovely sleep – although in hindsight the other chair would probably have been more comfortable – and woke up at first light to watch the sunrise over the hills (post photo) and continue my walking to the next big town: Desingy. Desingy turned out to be a bit of a backwater village and it wasn’t until Seyssel that I was able to locate a bakers for a spot of bread.
On the way to Seyssel I saw this lovely painted scallop shell:
I was wondering how exactly they worked out the distance timing for the kilometres and from this sign you can see that 1 hour is worked out as walking for 4.2km:
Since entering France the Camino signs have been excellent, but the condition of the paths have been quite demanding on the boots:
I arrived to Seyssel at around 10am:
Seysell is situated on the Rhone river and it is a quaint little town. The first thing I did upon arrival was to go get some food and this croissant version of Croque Monsieur was perfect with its rich Bechamel sauce:
At this point I must warn you again – if you are reading this and thinking of walking this section of the Camino – that there is little available in between the major towns on this Camino. As an example, I left the town of Seysell this morning at around 11am and I have only just arrived to a town (Chanaz, at 5pm) where there is a shop selling your basics. In between there was nothing. My advice is to stock up on food. Also, the altitude here is much lower (at around 250 metres above sea level) and already it feels a bit like summer; meaning that you will need to make sure to keep enough water with you as there are not so many working fountains here. On a more positive note: the people are friendly and hospitable, and the countryside is beautiful.
I took a few photos along the way to demonstrate the variety of countryside and walking paths:
The way from Seyssel roughly follows the route of the Rhone river.
I arrived into the town of Chanaz – a beautiful but at first experience slightly snobbish town/village it appears – about an hour ago and immediately located a local shop to go buy a 1.5 litre bottle of water and find some food. I picked up this chunk of meat for around 5 Euro:
I was planning on walking on but today was a tough day of walking and instead I sought out the local Gite (cheap lodging for pilgrims) and paid the 15 Euro on a bed for the night, in a dorm room which so far is empty apart from myself:
The Gite btw is named: “El Camino”. It’s very comfortable and the owner is very friendly. The actual price per night without breakfast is 16 Euro but I haggled it down to 15 so I didn’t have to break into a larger note.
I’m looking forward to having a good night’s sleep, washing some of my clothes, and also powering up my electronics. My budget is tight and this may be my last opportunity for a paid night’s stay until Le Puy.
I write that Chanaz appears slightly “snobbish” because so far in France, with the exception of Chanaz, everyone seems to know and understand the Camino and the guy with the stick is seen as being a pilgrim on a journey. In Chanaz – a tourist town with lots of yacht people – I’m once again it seems seen as a drifter with a stick 🙂 Incidentally, there have been a few other pilgrims but no significant numbers and I am looking forward to reaching Le Puy where I expect to meet much more fellow pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.