Moonset on the Meseta

Moonset on the Meseta

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Navarrenx May 11

The real world is seeming farther and farther away, or maybe this pilgrim way is the real world.

Yesterday Lisa and I were enjoying a picnic lunch in a shady spot off a busy road near the entrance to a gite, when who should walk up but Francois whom I met on my first days of walking.  It was very emotional to meet him again after more than 2 weeks.

I have not been able to find internet for several days -- I am nearing the end with only a few more days of walking. We can see the Pyrenees now full of snow. We have had alternating rain cold sun after over a week of quite steady rain and cold with lots of mud. I cannot believe it is almost over. I have a reservation for Friday night at Orisson which is only 10 km up the mountain. I am really hoping that the Route Napoleon is open as I have dreamed of making that crossing since I was a teen-ager.

This old body is holding up amazingly well.  No blisters.  Every night the feet and legs hurt, but every morning I am O.K. again. 
I was caught in a huge cloudburst two days ago, on an open road with forks of lightning hitting nearby.  By the time I got my poncho out and then my jacket, I was quite wet.  I soon came upon a farm with a woodshed facing the road, and waited for 10 minutes or so until the rain let up a bit.  A few meters after leaving the woodshed I realized I had a rock in my boot.  I thought maybe it would shift out of the way, but no such luck. so I had to stop again, leaning against a tree while I took the wet boot off and dumped out the rock.

I should finish walking on Monday or Tuesday; then make my way to Barcelona. I am in a restaurqnt in Navarrenx for lunch and weather is starting to look bad again and I have 10 km yet to go this afternoon.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear from you. I was just beginning to wonder why we hadn't heard for so long. You are a real trooper not to whine about all the cold and rain you have had. Sounds like the other pilgrims are very nice people. Julia