Took me 3+ hrs to walk only 12 km (7.5 mi) because a lot of it was in the narrow, wet-grass shoulder to avoid oncoming traffic. On arrival at St. Avold, I headed to a McDonald’s for a coffee and to take advantage of their Wi-Fi (similar to using Starbucks on my Mission Walk).
After getting settled in my hotel (far nicer than “pilgrim’s grade” but it’s getting hard to find lodging), I did my chores and headed out for another mile to the Lorraine American Cemetery and Monument. It covers some 100 acres and contains 10,489 graves, more than any other American WW II cemetery in Europe. I relished in the chance to pay these brave souls my respect–they gave their ultimate to their country. The drizzle underlined the somberness of the moment! On the way out it occurred to me to ask for a stamp for my pilgrim’s credentials–am I ever proud of that one.
Only one quad picture summarizes the day.