Monday, August 07, 2023

Surviving the forest of the beast

Day 4 - St. Albon sur Limagnol

Last night we had the best bed yet.  Nestled in the cozy micro chalet was a soft bed with real sheets and fluffy comforter.  The nights have been chilly, so we soaked up the comfort.  Breakfast was toast, granola and coffee.  We are starting to take advantage of the dinners and breakfasts that are offered at the gites as they usually feature local food.  Our walk today was almost entirely in protected land, very few farms or houses. We only walked about 10 miles since we are walking through a sparsely populated area with few towns and fewer opportunities for lodging.  We traveled through a forest that is famous for a mysterious, blood-thirsty beast that killed or injured more than 200 people, mostly women and children between 1764 and 1767. Fortunately, there has been no recent sighting and we made it through the forest in one piece. We also passed by a church and monument to St. Roch, the patron saint of pilgrims. We are staying tonight in the village of St. Alban-sur-Limagnol, and we have a private room over looking the town and country. At dinner we had pasta and pork chops in a cream sauce.  The conversation was very lively and mostly in English.  A German family who started from their town near Munich have been doing it in stages.  So far we have not seen any Americans on the trail.  We picked up a new guide book which is helping us find reservations more easily.

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