|Le Puy to Condom - Day 21|
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morning the paths are a muddy mess. But with the heavy dew the ‘natural
thingies’ looked impressive.
I arrive at the town
of Lectour buy yesterdays Sunday Times and sit down for a coffee and read
in a bar as a viable alternative to standing in the rain on a sea of
mud. Its Monday so all the bakeries are shut, but the good news is, the
bar has its own supply of croissants.
As the French party leave, it starts to rain, so I
move my operation to a shelter built over the main street, odd, but
handy. I am sure it is built to keep cool in the middle of the summer,
rather than rain in April.
it is walking on Mud for the rest of the day it is not too bad. At one
point I stand in a farm yard having a drink and I watch water shoot off a
roof. Is southern France supposed to be like this in April?
good news is Sylvie, the Gite boss, who does speak good English, will
wash & dry all my cloths for four Euros, what a star. As a special treat
I give her all my socks....this is my gesture towards building Anglo
So after a quick shower (just my birthday suit tonight.) I head off and find the small town empty and mostly closed, but I find a bar and sit in the sun and finishing off my Sunday Times.
Wandering to the restaurant I hand in my ticket and the food arrives. A big plate of mixed stuff…. A few slices of salmon quiche, cold meats plus other unidentified goodies. I am then asked how I would like my Magre of Canard cooked this arrives with vegetables and layered potatoes. The whole lot is finished off with a chocolate mousse that is as smooth as silk. A good end to a muddy and somewhat uncomfortable day.