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MOISSAC to Abbaye de BELLOC

France, Via Podiensis

Montréal to Eauze

4th April 2022

Along a former railway line converted
to a cycle path to being the sole
occupants of a modern pilgrim hostel. -

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Former railway line used as cycle path


We woke up to Autumnal mists, and after a basic breakfast, we set off to look round the deserted village square and the church. We did, however, find an open shop to buy supplies for lunch. From there we, had several long stretches on an old railway line that was being converted to a long-distance cycle path, with deviations where the path was still under construction, or the bridges were still being renovated. At one diversion we asked a Dutch lady in a nearby house for directions, and she suggested ignoring the diversion, and refilled our water bottles for us. We had to picnic on a grassy bank, and had some trouble getting round a bridge under repair, but otherwise it was much shorter than the detour. We also came across several signs, some friendly, some not! On reaching Eauze, which probably dates to the 3rd century (the Bishop of Eauze was cited at the Council of Arles in 314), we had a look around the cathedral, dating back to the 16th century, although Saint Luperc was worshipped in Eauze as far back as the 5th century, and Eauze was probably a Roman colony from the 1st century to the 2nd century. Our hostel was just outside the town, and we discovered that it had a brand new pilgrim hostel (the owner was still building the swimming pool) which we had to ourselves. The hostess even did some washing for us for free. Mealtime was in the main house, with gourmet hamburgers completed with a local Armangac.

SORRY,
STILL
WORKING
ON THIS


Pilgrim stamps


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Map of route

Our route



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