Day 2 – Saugues

Deja vu. Went to bed with a forecast of all day rain, then woke up with a forecast of no rain until late afternoon. Not sure if it’s divine intervention due to the prayers of my friends and family, or if the local weatherman is just having a bad week. Either way, it’s a blessing for me! Walked 14 miles with no rain.

The landscapes were stunning today. I missed a few because of morning fog, but most of the day was beautiful as the trail hugged the hills over a river valley. Lots of difficult up hill sections today, but they generated great views.

Highlight of the day… Stopped to visit the Chapelle Sainte Madeleine which is built into a cave. Turns out I arrived just in time for a short prayer service. That was really nice. Then, afterwards, the caretaker pulled me aside and with the translation help of another pilgrim, explained the history of pilgrimage in France. Quick version… for hundreds of years the early Christians did pilgrimages to southern France, but when the Moors occupied the region, pilgrims started to go instead to Santiago. I guess there is a little resentment that Spain stole all the pilgrims!

Today’s prayer subject was my daughter Abbey. It’s her 28th birthday today. She starts a new job in bariatric surgery next month. She’s amazing. Didn’t need a special day to pray for her. She’s always in my prayers.

Rain again in the forecast for tomorrow, but I have faith in all of you, you seem to have the ear of the big guy.

Morning fog.
White water rafters on the Allier river with the town of Monistrol-d’Allier in the distance. The hike went through the town so you can see I did some climbing today.
The Chapelle Sainte Madeleine.
Henri (right), the caretaker of this chapel, and Lauren, the pilgrim who helped translate. What nice people.
Statues above my finishing town of Saugue.
By request… selfie. Saugues in the background.

8 thoughts on “Day 2 – Saugues

  1. Bill, only day 2 and you have already had an amazing experience with local people and enjoyed gorgeous vistas. I’m so excited to continue following along on your trip. Hoping for more clear weather! Rain can wait for nighttime.

  2. Thank you for your wonderful photos and the posts – as the Irish prayer goes – with a few liberties to fit the occasion – May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall softly before or after your walk; and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  3. Glad you are meeting great people along the way! You’re timing also seems to be perfect. The chapel in the side of the cave was amazing. I had a dejavu moment from you photo of the cows grazing. 38 years ago Janet had me photographing her with every group of cows throughout Europe! Continued safe travels!

  4. Thank you for sharing your journey and the amazing photos! You’ve seen so much for such a short time. Take care!

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