From Lectoure to a little oasis along the less trodden section of the GR65


The walk out of Lectoure yesterday was comfortably flat and with only the odd undulating hill to traverse here and there. I loved my night’s stay in Lectoure and would definitely recommend staying where I did, if you can grab a place before it becomes Complet.

Roughly a couple of hours out of Lectoure I stopped for my siesta. The post photo is testimony to how highly I rated the bread and cheese combo, which filled my body and soul in the afternoon heat of the blaring sunshine from above.

Along this section of the Camino there is a variant route which cuts about 6km off the walk and this is the way which most pilgrims take. As I’m religiously (for want of a better word) walking the entire length of the GR65 I chose not to take the variant and instead turned right where the sign signals the slightly longer, standard route of the way:

La-Romieu

Personally, I’d recommend taking the longer route because the village of La Romieu is gorgeous and with such a wonderful atmosphere. The view of the cathedral as I walked into the village:

La-Romieu-cathedral

I stopped for a while in the village and got chatting to an English guy there (Richard) who I imagine can be found every afternoon playing his music outside of his gallery in the village square. If you see him then pls say hi from me 🙂

In the early evening I walked on and stumbled upon this Donativo Gite about 3.5km from La Romieu:

Donativo-anchor

I was immediately welcomed in by the owner (Jean Pierre) and also by the 3 pilgrims who happened to be staying there, one of whom was Christophe who has been there for 1 month:

Christophe

Such a wonderful guy. He is walking from Le Puy to Finisterre (Fisterre) and a few years ago he walked the Camino Frances and ended up staying on for 2 years, working in a village on the Camino. A true Camino legend 🙂

There was also a lovely Belgian couple there who also contributed to the atmosphere of the place. The guy (Jeremy) was collecting stones and together they planned to make a mosaic on wood:

Stone-collecting

In the morning we ate breakfast together in the atmospheric kitchen:

Donativo

Christophe btw has spent some of his 4 weeks at the Gite making signs for the pilgrims and one of them was a hugely useful indication of how many km I have already walked and how many more I have to walk…

Fisterre-1085km

…meaning that I have walked so far approx 2,000km.

Well it is a cloudy but warm day and I am a kilometre away from the Gite, checking my @ and uploading this post. It was difficult to drag myself away from the Gite; from Jean Pierre, Christophe and the Belgian couple and perhaps I will walk back and stay another night and basically rest up. My left leg is stiff and perhaps I need to soak up some good vibrations before heading onwards to Condom. Perhaps a satori is about to come my way. We will see.

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

4 comments

  1. Baring back great memories. I stayed there as well, but last year there were no other pilgrims. I had the one of the two rooms for myself. I also liked his stamp, totally different than the usual ones. Buen Camino.

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