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Chemin de Compostelle Part 2

Written on: Thursday June 11th, 2015

A journal entry from: South Africa, Europe 2015

The French counterpart to the Camino de Santiago, the Chemin St Jacques is equally long, around 760km and runs from Puy en Velay in east/central France to St. Jean Pied de Port at the foot of the French Pyrenees. It can also be covered in about a month of steady walking. Those who have followed our previous blogs will remember that we have split the path into thirds to be walked over a three year period at about 11 days each time. On the trail we met many people who have done it in the same way as us, some who do just short walks and don't complete the whole thing, others who do the entire chemin at one go and yet again some hardy souls who do the entire 1500km or more in one fell swoop. In any case ones' cohort of walkers soon develops an esprit de corps into which everyone is admitted. Your trailside friends come and go as walkers do longer or shorter stages or take well deserved rest days. At the end of our 11 day walk we were surprised to see pilgrims that we hadn't seen since the first day finish the same time as us. Thats the "chemin" and apart from the gorgeous scenery, wonderful food, and beautiful monuments it's the people you meet along the way that help create the most vivid memories. Our boots are hung up  for this year (actually worn out) but we are already making plans to continue our moderately epic journey into Spain.