|Our trail from from from Montbonnet to Aumont Aubrac.|
|On the way from Montbonnet to Aumont Aubrac|
Every day on the Camino is a chance for an encounter with pain and beauty. You wake up in towns you will probably never see again, stumbling out into the morning dew, to start walking through the woods or medieval villages of neverlands, in a daze between what was and what is going to be.
After a magnificent meal at our amazing hosts at Les Drailles de la Margerite, Caroline wrote:
"Mon Dieu! Dinner in France is no small thing. Not sure how I'll survive. There are, like, seven courses! We stayed at a place run by a farmer and his wife. They made every scrape of food on the table. Unbelievable. Passing out now. Bonne Nuit!
Its an amazing country. At every corner i feel like i'm going to run into Yves Martand, and the others from Manon of the Spring.
But we walk every day.
In the mornings, we head out, stretching our legs.
Looking at the fields, I remember that old movie.
June 27th, we left Montbonnet at 8:15 AM, walking past farms, strolling past the most lovely fields, a medieval town in the distance. The air is crisp, sun bright, but not hot. Every medieval town is atop a mountain. So we always have to walk up or down.
After about five kilometers, we stop for a break, ordering coffee at a small Gite and read poems.
The cafe decorated with quotes by Jean Paul Sartre, Nelson Mandela and Victor Hugo.
Our lives and happiness are our responsibility, suggests Sartre. Challenges are opportunities. My grade school French only goes so far.
But we get the point. A dog greets us as we take in the scene of the old farm and town square in front of us.
I pull out a volume of poems, reading Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant.
|Caroline and our host in Montbonnet.|
|End of the day pint in Monistrol on Tuesday after a painful 15 k, the last five took all afternoon.|
|our amazing hosts at les drailles de la margerite, who made us a seven course meal, everything from their own farm.|
|The end of a 15 k walk through what felt like Ireland. Just lovely.|