Saint privat-d’allier

The ups and downs of the Camino. If this town looks cold and miserable … It is.

It has been raining most of the day. I am so glad that I bought rain pants and upgraded my raincoat. I headed out with four layers on … But soon stripped to a tshirt and the raincoat … Which was great at keeping out the rain and the wind.

The first 9 km weren’t too bad. I started behind the others . Ten got ahead and stayed ahead. The was a lovely 10th century church that we all stopped and looked at. I was expecting it to be a hard up hill but it was gentle for e first 9 km which was great. Ten 2 uphill followed bow a horrible 5 km of downhill … The last 2 km I was going about 1 km per hr … On my poles down the whole way. Great upper body workout. Very dangerous… I know all I have to do is put one foot wrong and I will take out a knee or a hip … Which by the way are aching – the hips that is. No doubt caused by the weight of the pack … About 9 kg. The thing is I have used every single thing in it.

As we left at 8.30 am … I arrived at 1 pm in time for lunch, which was quite nice. A salad with hot goats cheese on toast on top. Yum … plus a glass of rosé.

I could finally book into my room at 2.30 pm and tried to rest but they were renovating the room next door. I am in a tiny one star hotel with a large dining room. There were lots of people stopped here for lunch. The owners aren’t particularly friendly but my waitress was.

So quiet night tonight. I have to say I am exhausted. Tomorrow it will be way worse and a few more km … 19. I have been serially studying the topography of the route and it is going to be very tough for the next 8 days. After that it shouldn’t be too bad. If I make it that far without an injury!

Till tomorrow …



  1. just soldier on Lyn , after
    a week everything will be numb and you won’t feel pain..
    Good luck

  2. Lyn are you with people all the time or do you just catch up with different ones along the way
    Love Robyn

    • Hi rob … No I’m on my own … I just met those people at the gite and ran into them. About to have breakfast … Can’t tell if its raining or snowing.

  3. Lyn, that sounds like very hard work, but so interesting…….can you let me know if you are receiving my comments….i am not sure i have logged in to whatever…..Keep up the great work……Jxx

  4. Hi Lyn ,my Cousin lives in Camino, so I was so interested to read your blog & see the photos!

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