After my socks had dried out yesterday, I began the steep walk upwards and out of Decazeville. The first village which you then come to is Saint-Roch and it was here where I saw Erik (the Viking) sitting outside with other pilgrims and I decided to stop for a cup of coffee. It was a stop which drew on into the evening and which then resulted in my staying the night and having such a wonderful sleep on an equally wonderful couch.
This is a donativo Gite and it is a recommended place to stay.
I also met again another pilgrim whom I had first met in Le Puy, Luc from Breton in France:
This Gite is run by the very enigmatic and delightful Brigitte:
Brigitte made a wonderful meal, which we ate all together. Such a lovely crowd of pilgrims:
Dinner was served with wine from the neighbour’s garden:
Before and after dinner we all popped into the church over the road, with lighted candles and a few words of encouragement for the way ahead. I was very impressed with this painting of the Madonna and child on display in the church:
It is raining today and it is going to be difficult to drag myself away from the couch, the wifi, and the warm atmosphere.
I have now entered week 9 of my Camino and a prolonged pit stop this morning seems appropriate 🙂