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Day 45- As our options for lodgings were limited, we only had two choices for walking today. We could walk 13km or 28km. 13km was not really enough, but we're not sure if I can manage 28km right now. So, we were left with no choice but to walk the 13. However, we found that during the walk today, I was able to maintain a much better speed, which means that I am slowly getting better, and I must be doing something right. There were a lot of hills in the ...
... 14th c. wooden altar piece. Not long from our destination, we took a break in Horsarrieu at a café where we drank cool lemonade. There, we ran into three other pilgrims who sat with us. They walked just behind us on the way to Hagetmau where we ran into them again and found that we'd be sharing the refuge.
By time we got to Hagetmau, I was glad to be done walking. The pain was creeping back, and I was thankful it was such a short walk. We ...
... keep me company, for which I was grateful.
We filled our time with conversation, which kept my mind off my feet; though, after the painkiller, I was able to walk at a more normal pace without limping. We talked about our families and our home lives. We also talked about what we had hoped to get out of the pilgrimage and what we were actually getting from it. I was unusually open with him, and it felt good to talk with someone that personally. I ...
... pilgrimage and why she had decided to work with the refuges. She said that in 2002, she walked the Camino for the first time, hoping it would change her life. Well, it did. She quit her job, sold her house, and bought a camper. She now lives in the camper and volunteers at the refuges, a different one every few weeks. She said that the lifestyle affords her a lot of freedom, but that it is very lonely. She had a dog, Mr. Frodo, who passed away ...
... this, but we could tell that it was going to be impossible to get any better service than that. It was also 20 euros a person for this terrible food.
The town of Bazas was pretty interesting and still had some old fortifications and a castle in the center of town. There was also a cathedral, but as the weather began to turn very foul, we decided not to linger long. Grey clouds that had been chasing us all day ...