Day 27 – Arzacq-Arraziguet

Woke with 22 miles to walk and an expected high of 100 degrees.

I’m dumb, but I’m not that dumb. So, I took a cab to about the halfway point. As a result, my walk for today was only 11 miles. Even so, the last 3 miles were brutal. Temps 95 to 97. No shade.

I definitely made the right call. I wasn’t alone, I saw a bunch of people waiting for a bus. 22 miles today would have been life-threatening.

Data points about my trip so far:

– 28 days in Europe (my previous longest trip to Europe was 20 days in Italy last year)

– 25 different lodging locations (that’s just crazy)

– 2 days walking in the rain (only about 4 hours total)

– 387 miles completed in France (about 60 of these via bus/cab)

– 80 miles to go in France

– 5 days of hiking left in France

But it’s a dry heat. Actually, no. It’s hot AF. Shade was rare in the last few miles. I saw several pilgrims resting in the shade whenever there was some.
My cab driver. Lovely guy. Shared cab with Tracy from SF. We seem to end up in the same town every other night or so.
A lovely snack shop in Pimbo about 5 miles from the end. Great view over valley. Had some ice cream and a soda to cool down. After this, it started to get really hot.
It was my nephew Jeff’s birthday yesterday. He asked for more cow photos. Jeff, happy 30th.
Found a new data center. Sort of a fixer-upper.
Town square in Arzacq-Arraziguet
Colonnade in Arzacq-Arraziguet
Visiting the church in Pimbo.

9 thoughts on “Day 27 – Arzacq-Arraziguet

  1. Thoughts for you today from David Whyte.
    “Santiago” (Poem-excerpt)
    The road seen, then not seen, the hillside hiding
    then revealing the way you should take,
    the road dropping away from you as if leaving you
    to walk on thin air, then catching you, holding you up,
    when you thought you would fall, and the way forward
    always in the end the way that you came, the way
    that you followed, the way that carried you into your future,
    that brought you to this place, no matter that it sometimes
    took your promise from you, no matter that it always
    had to break your heart along the way, the sense
    of having walked from far inside yourself out into the revelation,
    to have risked yourself for something that seemed
    to stand both inside you and far beyond you,
    that called you back in the end to the only road
    you could follow, walking as you did, in your
    rags of love and speaking in the voice
    that by night, became a prayer for safe arrival…

      1. Bill – you found our DR site!! @Jim Bujaki, we’ve come a long way at PSU since you’ve been gone!

  2. Bill, this made me laugh out loud. 100 degrees is hot; no humidity, with humidity , I’m with you. Living in SW Florida we’ve had days that hover at 97 and 98. HOT.
    You narrations are very informative and enjoyable. The churches are incredible. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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