Day 1. Conques to Livinhac-le-Haut.
That day started early with great anticipation of our walk on the trail. After a quick breakfast, we left the “gite” , passing on the Roman bridge. It was a moment I wanted to capture as best as I could. I did not want to spend too much time taking pictures but I needed to do it. John , from South Korea was also taking pictures. We can see him here ahead of my husband.
So, quickly after a few photos, we were going up on the trail and up it went until we reached the Chapelle Sainte-Foy. We were not the only one as most “pilgrims” are eager to start the day as soon as possible.
I remember not being sure if we were going in the right direction as there was 2 options. A German man ( Thomas) talked with us and told us the right way. We were walking fairly fast even with our backpack. Mine was around 8 kg and my husband a little more , 10 kg or more. We needed to get use to it. We were mostly in the countryside which was nice. Fall can be such a great time to walk.
When the hunger started to bother me. We found a picnic table to eat some of the food we had bought in Conques. I was hungry but not too much. And we did not want to waist too much time. I wanted to arrive as early as possible in our next gite.
Weather was good. Spirit was good also. 23 km is not too long but we were quite happy when we reached the village of Livinhac-le-Haut. We found our CH (meaning chambre d’hôtes); the lady was not there but she kindly left for us 2 beers and a delicious piece of pie. We had a shower and a little rest and then ventured to see the small village.
We saw our 3 new French friends that had dinner with us in Conques. I did not know they were going to spend the night in the same village. We had a beer and a chat with them . We reserved a table at the only restaurant of the village after they told us they were also going to eat there. We met our lovely lady at our CH and then returned to have our dinner. Finally my Fit-bit was showing 26 km. I was happy with this first day and was looking forward for the continuation. All we needed was a good sleep and we would be ready for another day on the trail .