Saint-Chély-d’Aubrac to Espalion

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Yesterday evening I met up with yet another pilgrim whom I met on the way. It was the man from Algeria – whom I met in Le Puy – who as a boy dreamed of walking the Camino and who is now realising his dream:


He was staying at the local campsite and let me know that there was a hut there which was left unlocked overnight:

Camping Municipal

Aubrac Camino sleeping

When the site owners left I pounced a spot in the hut and slept like a baby under sedation, over the watchful eye of a pilgrim all dressed up in what would have been early pilgrim attire:

The first pilgrims

The walk from Saint-Chély-d’Aubrac begins by going upwards and then drops 500 metres to the town of Saint-Côme-d’Olt. The view of the valley below, shrouded in mist, was beautiful:


I woke up without a single Euro on me so I was relieved when I came across this stall with biscuits and coffee for pilgrims who pass by:


Saint-Côme-d’Olt is a beautiful village and the walk in looks like so:

 Saint-Côme-d'Olt church

There is a local Gite in the village, run by a very friendly couple who gave me some bread and cake, and the address is:

Gite Communal Del Roumiou
12 rue Cremade – 12500
( Saint-Côme-d’Olt)
06 35 59 16 05

From there I walked the short way to the larger but equally lovely Espalion:


I don’t know where my next meal will come from but I feel extremely positive and happy. I am also walking faster and further. I feel the effects of the fasting coming on and it feels good. After publishing this post I’ll pop round to a restaurant kitchen to see if they have any bread spare, and then head on along the path. Today is a national holiday in France to celebrate the end of occupation in the Second World War. It is also a sunny day and now that I’m at a lower altitude the way is warmer and (so far) flatter.

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