Day 20 - 12 miles - hills & flats
Rain in the area but we stayed DRY!
Day 21 - REST DAY in Cahors
We went to sleep yesterday worried about rain so ponchos and rain gear was put in our packs. \240Fortunately, we stayed dry. \240Even more fortunately, the kind Inn owner offered to drive us back to the start of the Camino so we avoided a repeat of the boring 3 miles along a road to reach the Camino. \240Camino continues to provide...
As we head towards Cahors, the largest city in the Quercy region, the landscape starts to be less arid and rocky. \240
And the route continues to ‘surprise’ is with long hill climbs just when we think we’ve done the last one. 😜
Today is the last walking day for our friends Sue & Marty as they head to Paris in the morning before flying back to Seattle. \240It was great to have their company on the Camino.
Quercy region provides some toilets in some areas of the Camino and sometimes you can have a ‘traffic jam’.
It seems we have a regular pattern of our actual walking being longer than what the guide book indicates so our expected short day of a 8 miler into Cahors was really a 12 miler. \240Once you cross over the Lot River, you in the city. \240Cahors was established by the Romans in the 1st century and was a main intersection of Roman roads in the region.
Today it’s a main thru point for Camino piligrims
With a beautiful cathedral built in the 7th century.
And a vibrant square with locals and tourists alike.
The old town architecture is varied and beautiful.
Today (9/11) in Cahors is our second REST DAY! \240Almost 260 miles in 20 days with only 2 rest days - tired legs but no blisters or injuries so we’re all good!
As luck would have it, our rest day is also Market Day! \240
Market starts by the church and goes for a few blocks.
This vendor is offering jars of duck in every possible way. \240Last night we had a duck dish (by surprise as the menu didn’t translate to English) - it was delicious but it was also a full plate of every part of the duck delivered to our table - including his long neck 😳.
For you mushroom lovers, check out these Chanterelles!
Lots of pepper and other spices
Bread, bread and more bread...
And sausage of every size, type and color.
Rest day also means Laundry Day! \240We literally stumbled upon a laundromat that is unknown to Google. \240Yippee!!
But then we had to figure out ‘how do we operate it?’, where does the money go?, how much does it cost?, do we need to put the soap in?’ All pretty challenging questions to answer with the French instructions. \240Happy to report we have some clean clothes and yes they did get washed with soap!
After all the hard work in the Laundromat, \240we built up an appetite and once again stumbled on a small place serving amazing dishes like this heirloom tomato filled with avocado, apple, artichoke, squash and raspberry. \240Who knew that would be so good mixed together!!!
Sarah & Arne