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


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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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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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