A pit stop


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:

Pilgrim Luke

This Gite is run by the very enigmatic and delightful Brigitte:

Brigitte

Brigitte made a wonderful meal, which we ate all together. Such a lovely crowd of pilgrims:

Roch-Pilgrims

Dinner was served with wine from the neighbour’s garden:

Vin-des-coteaux-de-St-Roch

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:

Notre-Dame-Roch

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 🙂

Categories: Walking into Spring and Summer [My 3,109km walk from Prague to Finisterre | 2014]Tags: , ,

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