Day-70, Jun 30, Reims to Jonchery-sur-Vesle, France

Had an easy walk of 19.2 km (12 mi) with many paths parallel to the heavily travelled 2-lane highway. But still, I had to face many a semi truck or bus who could not avoid me because he had oncoming traffic–my only option to jump into deeper grass and try to make forward progress, or just wait it out. I probably had a fourth of the day like that (as many days are–but this road seemed busier than usual).  So when I was taken down a peaceful dirt road shown in the picture, I felt ecstatic. 

Took the “happy” train back to Reims for my third and final night. Walking back from the train station, I couldn’t resist a cheese platter and a few glasses of wine–the cheese was enough for four people, but I managed (and made some sandwiches for tomorrow). And all that made for a happy pilgrim as shown in the pic.

I was lucky to confirm meeting Father Xavier at tomorrow’s destination. He’ll arrange for lodging for me. And I’m also set for the next day; that significantly reduces my Camino Stress–it’s been my biggest concern.


  1. Marjie — 06-30-2016 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, that is an impressive cheese platter! Wish we could help you finish it.

    Marjie & Mark

  2. Joyce Summers — 07-01-2016 at 3:36 pm

    Busy roads that take you to a quiet, dirt road. A happy train that takes you back to your home base and supper and makes for a happy pilgrim . . . sounds like a pilgrimage walk at its best.

    Looks like an excellent variety of cheeses, though obviously a lot. I wonder if they were all familiar to you or maybe some new ones too. Nice you could make some sandwiches. Sometimes these packed meals come in handy for picnics along the way if walking in between towns.

  3. edward wolski — 07-02-2016 at 1:00 am

    Hi Kurt
    Im completelly out of internet connection.
    I live in my tent in the forest.
    The nearest town has no wi fi as well.
    Please tell my wife that im still alive and the weather is great so far.
    im glad to see you in great shape and happy.
    Please tell my wife that next week im going to to see Jelenia GORA.i WAS TOLD THAT THERE IS FREE wI fI CONNECTION IN CENTER

    • kurt — 07-02-2016 at 8:59 am

      Eddie, I just sent your message to Maria. Stay safe. Cheers, k

      • kurt — 07-05-2016 at 5:19 am

        Received a reply from Maria on July 4th! She thanked me. Cheers, K

  4. Patty Berry — 07-02-2016 at 9:11 pm

    You are doing GREAT!! Are you able to just
    drop by the Rectories to ask for lodging for a “donation” on your part?
    Buen Camino!!

    • kurt — 07-02-2016 at 10:39 pm

      No. They’ve been pretty much closed when I tried that. I went to the Internet to find Association Diocesaine de Notre Dame, and it trickled down. ❤️