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.