MY CAMINO CAPTURED | WEEK III: DIEST TO REIMS

The past weeks I have received some messages from those who would like to follow my Camino but don’t have access to my daily updates. For all of you, I will post all my daily updates from the past weeks ❤️

DAY 15 | Diest | My knee is becoming a problem. Budget and time wise it’s impossible to walk shorter distances, on the other hand, I don’t want to quit. Temporary solution to take some pressure of my knee without ending the journey… Meet Barry, my iron horse. Together we will experience what it is like to bike to a bit to Santiago 🚴🏻‍♀️

DAY 16 | Diest > Namur 🚴🏻‍♀️ | As per usual, I overestimated my fitness. Thought 70k would be easy as, but those hills were actually pretty tough to climb with a backpack. Went to hell and back. Seeing this scallop when riding (actually I was gliding as this part went downhill) into Namur made me smile. Made it! 💪🏻

DAY 17 | Namur > Givet 🚴🏻‍♀️ | I got lost so many times today, it became rather funny 🤣 until I spend an hour wrestling with a muddy mountain bike trail to conclude I was on the wrong side of the water. Ah well, eventually I made it to France though 💪🏻🇫🇷

DAY 18 | Givet > Rocroi 🚴🏻‍♀️ | It was so cold, the water running of the rocks turned into icicles. The hills kept coming, one after another, after another one. Constantly hopping on and off my bike, until my legs refused… and then a little further.

DAY 19 | Rocroi > Signy-l’Abbaye 🚴🏻‍♀️ | Twenty minutes after departure I ended up on a frozen tractor trail and thought it’d be a fantastic idea to ride through a creek (and get stuck in the mud). Once I’d freed Barry and reached the end of the trail, my route continued on a paved road with trucks passing every five minutes. I think the time has come to meditate once more on why I am I doing this… 🙏🏻

DAY 20 | Signy-l’Abbaye > Reims 🚴🏻‍♀️ | Felt like a French Maria from the Sound of Music biking through the French hills singing as loud as I possibly could. A little while later Barry and I got stuck in an endless mud trail, after which we had to detour to Reims. Barry broke a bit. As did I. Tomorrow I’ll rest and explore something I came up with yesterday. 🤔🤗😎

DAY 21 | Reims | And there she was, Jehanne. She believed God gave her a mission and did everything in her power to complete it. I have always admired her belief, her strength, courage and confidence. In an attempt to go after what I belief in, I have decided to travel by train to the south of France and continue my pilgrimage on Chemin d’Arles or Via Tolosana. Wrote a blog post about it! 💻🤘🏻❤️

And that was week three featuring Barry the bike! The fourth week will follow asap.

Love,

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