Bois de Roc et La Lutine

This week’s training for the Camino has taken me along well-trodden paths.  

Wednesday morning at Bois de Roc was all about pace, on the flat just like the middle part of the Camino, which is called The Meseta, a flat and endless path with very little shade! However, in the forest there was plenty of light and shade sheltering me.  

I also met a couple of ramblers taking advantage of the cool morning calmness of the forest. I’ve walked many times here and each time the gentle rustling of the trees, shade, smells, and bird song never disappoint. Even on the flat I walk with Nordic walking poles, which give me support not only for walking uphill and downhill, but they also add to the rhythm of each step. 

Fridays walk started from La Lutine in Mervent, I was joined by Sarah Jane and her two dogs Poppy and Trigger, again another regular walk. But we managed to get lost forgetting to turn right! Where was Nicola Lee her app and map guiding us? We came across a wonderful chateau and a met a lovely gardener with the biggest tomatoes I’ve ever seen, and they were ripening unlike the tomatoes in my potager! It was very similar to the first walk with Dom, Debs and Paul the terrain was undulating and challenging, good for ankle mobility and cardiovascular.  

Along this route I was surprised and happy to see the Camino symbol guiding us. I can’t remember seeing this marker on our previous walks. Sarah Jane told me there are a plethora of Camino signs throughout the region marking routes for pilgrims. I think I need to be more observant! 

I’m trying to mix things up as the training progresses, imitating the terrain on the Camino, it’s not all about distance each time I don my hiking shoes and pick up my walking sticks. 

I am walking the Camino route to honour the memories of my late father Robert Millar and our nephew Luke, you can donate in memory of Luke using the dedicated Camino memory page, don’t forget to giftaid if you can.

Buen Camino 


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