Walk and Ride (motorbike) the chemin de st jacques de Compostelle

When Suzanne suggested to do the Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle, a 1700 kilometres walk i said no problem, knowing very well I wouldn’t go but I was leaving my options open, never say no, you never know… When it was time to go I was not feeling very well, how sad she had to go by herself, I took her by car to Le Puy en Velay, celebrated for a couple of days… but “don’t worry,” I say, “I will catch up with you as soon I’m better”…. Sure enough, 3 weeks later, (very hard to get rid of a sore back…)I was feeling much better, I hopped on the motorbike and I arrived in the afternoon at Manciet a little village between Toulouse and Bordeaux. As I arrived at the hotel….(not really a hotel sort of hotel)  Suzanne was just finishing her 30 kilometres walk for the day… more celebrating for a couple of days and then I was on my way to do the walk, but of course, i had to go back to the start to pick up my bike, but it was all fun, I walked 5 k with Suzanne, went back to pick my bike up, meet her for lunch, go for a little ride and meet her for dinner. That was a very good experience, something I have never done before but I’m sure I will do again. You enjoy the ride much better looking at all these poor people with their back packs, big shoes, batons, a painful look in their faces and  a scallop shell hanging on their neck (Scallop shell is the logo of the walk) don’t ask me why, you hear all sorts of stories about the shells.  The ocean is full of them when you arrive…. or the pellerins use to put them on their knees when they walk on their knees….That’s smart…that would ease the pain….Anyway this Frenchman will never be a pèlerin……..

That's where it all started from the Cathedral of Le Puy En Velay

That’s where it all started from the Cathedral of Le Puy En Velay

There she goes with her 9 k backpack

There she goes, with her 9 k backpack

This is my ride a mixture of walk and motorcycle

This is my ride, I started 3 weeks later, a mixture of walk and motorcycle

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Starting line The puy en Velay, after 3 weeks of walking suzanne still look good

After 3 weeks of separation it was good to spend some time together, I was laughing then ,I wont be laughing in a few days.

Next day I was lucky it was the French superbike championship in Nogaro a famous circuit in the south of France, That day I din't have to walk :-)

Next day I was lucky it was the French super bike championship at Nogaro a famous circuit in the south of France, That day I din’t have to walk :-)

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Then the fun started, I look crooked already

Then the fun started, I look crooked already, and I could see snow in the horizon….not good not good at all….

look at these poor bugger going up the hill

look at these poor bugger going up the hill

Some very old churches and monasteries along the way

Some very old churches and monasteries along the way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6UlXkFQuAw&feature=em-upload_owner

You only have to be at the right place at the right time    Watch this video, sorry it is not long enough , I will do better next time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7okdw1ucZac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6UlXkFQuAw&feature=em-upload_owner

This one is long enough           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6UlXkFQuAw&feature=em-upload_owner

This is more like it

This is more like it

That's me

That’s me crossing the border to Spain

Top of the Pyrenees

Top of the Pyrenees

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Beautiful country, beautiful riding

going thru little villages

going thru little villages

more beautiful roads

more beautiful roads

Pellerin's ready to rock and roll

Pellerin’s ready to rock and roll

No need to go with a group you find plenty Pellerin's on the way

No need to go with a group you find plenty Pellerin’s on the way

Yes this is real snow in Summer

Yes this is real snow in Summer

I think I'm lost

I think I’m lost

It is time to go back to Seurre I'm not feeling too well Suzanne has only 700 kms to go I m sure she can manage without me

It is time to go back to Seurre I’m not feeling too well Suzanne has only 700 kms to go, I’m sure she can manage without me

The last little village to go thru

The last little village to go thru

 

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6 Responses to Walk and Ride (motorbike) the chemin de st jacques de Compostelle

  1. Monsieur Blake says:

    Zac and I had a good laugh reading your account. We were supposed to be doing Maths homework but this was plus important!

  2. Dom says:

    Nice pictures from your Compostelle périple, not everyone can do this long walk, but you enjoy the ride with the bike.
    À bientôt. Dom.

  3. Andre says:

    You’ve got a real special lady Michel, wow! puts you to shame, eh!
    Congrats Suzanne…
    Merci pour ces beaux paysages
    ton copain au Canada

  4. Diana Bite says:

    Don’t think I would be doing that walk in a fit but good on Suzanne for doing it. As for crawling with shells…not for me!

  5. Douglas J Norris says:

    Welll done Suzanne and well done to Michel for his cunning plans! Great work.

  6. Wendy Bridgman says:

    What an absolutely stunning starting block. Not even Usain Bolt would be prancing up for the start!! I guess it sorts out those who are fit enough for the remainer of the walk ….
    Stunning countryside too. Beautiful ride and little walk, Michel, and hats off to Suzanne. I hope you enjoy every step.
    Buona passeggiata!

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