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Three hours and 10km walking this morning, testing out my foot to see if it’s doing ok, whether the osteo helped…. Through the town… Into the fields Through the rain The weather forecast had predicted 85% chance of rain. Just as I was thinking their percentage was too high… So I did get wet. The […]

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Reflection Where I've been

walk with me

A different kind of blog today. You might want to just listen if you suffer motion sickness! I walked 8.5 km and am feeling surprisingly tired tonight. After this, I saw lots more butterflies fluttering and fighting determined in their indeterminacy, I disturbed pigeons and pheasants feeding in the fields, I heard the beating of […]

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Reflection

changes

Today I ventured out for the first time since my foot injury stopped me walking a few weeks ago. I really didn’t go far, just a few kilometres, out into the fields closest to town. I found it amazing just how different the landscape of the surrounding agriculture has become in just three short weeks. […]

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Where I've been

what I did

I walked 315 km around Nanteuil le Haudouin. I visited (in no particular order): Silly-le-Long Sennevières Crépy-en-Valois Ognes Chèvreville Lagny-le-Sec Le Plessis-l’Évêque Ermenonville Senlis Péroy-les-Gombries Boissy-Fresnoy Villers Saint Genest Bouillancy Le Bas Bouillancy Acy-en-Multien Brégy Puisieux Étrépilly Vincy-Manoeuvre Duvy Auger Saint Vincent Droizelles Lessart Montlognon Montagny-Sainte-Félicité Le Plessis-Belleville Réez Rouville Ormoy-Villers Gueux Number of Départements […]

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Practicalities Reflection

limits

So it seems I am coming to know my limits. After 15 days walking at around 20 km per day, my heels got so painful, really torturously painful, hobbling and grimacing the final few kilometres, that I will have the day off tomorrow to rest. I’ve iced and elevated and that really helped I am […]

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Daily Destination

keeping on

Today I kept on walking. There were fields: There were also skies: There were animals: There was a monumentally large church in a teeny tiny village: I got as far as Acy en Multien and then turned back. There was a shop there that sold cold drinks – oh the pure joy!

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Daily Destination Where I've been

easy

Day 13 and I have definitely found some swing in my step. It’s true, 15 km is not very far and it’s true, having my husband come along with me after lunch made the walk go by super fast and it’s true, tomorrow is a whole other story… But it’s good to feel I have […]

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hard work

Today, I almost didn’t start at all. Motivation is never a problem on a ‘real’ pilgrimage; you have no choice but to walk to your next destination, especially if you have a time limit and need to reach your goal by a particular day, like the day your return flight is booked on… I suspected […]

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circles

Today was an extra short and easy day walk-wise. This afternoon I watched some really interesting talks on Brain Cognition Emotion and Music – a conference I would never have been able to participate in if it wasn’t for this pandemic and which I’m really grateful for. There were participants from South America, right across […]

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random

It’s sometimes tricky to work out from the map whether a ‘chemin’ or a ‘sentier’ is accessible to members of the public. The Grande Randonnée routes are marked with a big thick pink line on my map, but they are rather limited and don’t allow for the kinds of circular routes I mostly need – […]