There was great excitement for me this morning as I came upon a Camino plaque (stylized scallop shell and arrow in yellow on a blue background) pointing to the way out of town. I’d seen one on the day we visited Musee Augustin, but did nit think I would be linking up with one so soon on the walk out of Toulouse. We followed them until we passed through Saint-Martin-do-TouchA� when we lost sight of them. Up to then they were few and far between. So we found our way to tonight’s destination without them.

On the outskirts of Leguevin we stopped at a supermarket for a cold drink. Vincent collared a local who spoke English. He gave us directions to a pilgrim albergue. This was a totally unexpected development which caused further excitement for me at the
prospect of meeting other pilgrims. What was fascinating for me was that last Monday I mapped our route to Auch. There were a couple of ways we could have gone but I chose to pass through Leguevin, L’Isle-Jourdain and Gimont to get there from Toulouse. I did this without reference to any written guides, but I accept that I was guided because these are the precise towns on the marked Camino way, all with albergues.

Tonight’s albergue has just seven beds downstairs. Vincent and I make up the five pilgrims in residence. There are two other men, one from Italy and the other from
Spain, and a woman from Switzerland. The woman who runs the albergue has been very helpful by getting me a bus timetable for my return trip to Toulouse tomorrow to get internet service for my iPad sorted out. I’d run out of credit and didn’t realise it before leaving Toulouse. I should be back by 2.00 pm for a late start for our walk to L’Isle-Jourdain.

Vincent went really well today. He has a long-standing left shoulder problem which gave him some pain early on, but it seemed to settle down as the walk progressed.
His feet are just fine, which is not always the case on day one of a walk like this one. He got a foot massage from me before we had dinner.

We both purchased our pilgrim passports/credential at the albergue. This is a document that mainly gets stamped at each albergue stayed at on a walk. The albergues have a symbol that presents them. It provides ‘proof’ that you have walked the path. It raised an eyebrow from the other pilgrims when they found out I had not got one in Rome. I hadn’t given much thought to having one up to today, but it is one of those things you get on the Camino that helps to remember where you stayed and when you stayed there. I suppose I’ve got the blog for that.
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