Bonjour : )
I am so tired.. tonight I’m just checking in to tell you all briefly about our BIG day and then sleep time for me! I think we have done our wonderful organisation, CanTeen, who we are hoping to raise lots of money for, proud today…we have done what we have set out to do….walked the distance, through shockingly windy conditions this afternoon…but then managed to come up smiling tonight, triumphant! http://www.everydayhero.com.au/La_Via_Francigena
This morning we woke bright and early, had a good breakfast at our hotel and were out the door by 7.30am….we had many kilometres to cover as we wanted to walk as far as we could towards Peronne, where we have accommodation,for the night. Sadly, as I mentioned yesterday, we were unable to find accommodation on our route between Arras and Peronne, so our only option was to walk as many of the 42 odd kms that we had before us as we could…..and we did this magnificently…36 kms to be exact!!
I have to bow my head to Jill as she showed great resilience and determination today : ) As I have said, she decided to join us on this journey only about 3 weeks before we were to set off, so although she is physically very fit, she had done no training with a pack and her boots were old, heavy and really not suitable for this type of trek. Yesterday, those boots HAD to be replaced, so we found some much more suitable ones for her in a store in Arras. That being the case, those new boots, today had to walk 36 kms! A very, very big ask….and she arrived at our final stop very exhausted but with such a will to continue..dismissing all the pain she must have felt. I feel so proud of her and I know as we get further down the track she’ll be the one leading the way : )
The morning was really beautiful…eerily misty..and still….but not the afternoon!!
This afternoon, the wind was so strong, it was almost cyclone force and it was an enormous task just to stay upright let alone in a forward motion! Very, very tough conditions…slowing down our pace considerably.
As always, so tired and lots of things that I still want to say, have been left unsaid…but I have to say… our star today, is Jill : )
Love Netia XX