Said good bye to the Australians that we had been traveling with and the Americans from Berkeley that we met at the Gite. They were the first US folks and it figures that they would be from Northern California. She was a retired librarian and he was a retired Professor of Library Science. Did not really get to know them. They had been hiking for a little more than a week and were shooting for St. Jean, the last stop in France.
I forgot to mention that we finally passed some French hikers yesterday. I was excited until I realized that both ladies were in their late 80s.
We had an excellent dinner last night with the young family who were the hosts at the Gite and managed to talk until 9pm. We rose and left the Gite by 8 and headed out on our own. Since both of us had seen Cahors, we used a variant trail to bypass Cahors. Kind of risky since we were using a trail for which we had no detailed maps or guides. The guide books merely said it was marked with orange trail markers.
We saw no other walkers all day until we reached the Gite. Just us and the birds. It was overcast and cold.
Now going cross country in France is not like in North Carolina or California. The trail used farm roads and short sections on secondary roads. Not terribly interesting but efficient. Did have a few interesting moments crossing over railroads and toll highways. Used overpasses in both cases. Seems strange to see people moving so fast when your world moves at walking speed. Only a few stretches of actual trail and we ran into mud for a while. No big problem.
Followed orange all day. Orange that was sometimes sprayed with enthusiasm on bushes and road barriers. It worked and we reached our Ferme Gite by 2 and settled in. Have a private room with a half bath. Showers down the hall. The proprietor seemed gruff at first but quickly helped us get oriented. Showed me where the wine was located.
It started to rain around 4pm and hopefully it will peter out by morning. Still going strong at almost seven.
Will need to get familiar with a new group of pilgrims. I will upload this blog and last nights when I reach a wifi connection. We will be more than half way through the French portion of the Camino tomorrow.