I arrived in Figeac mid afternoon, after completing the final leg of my current guidebook. My hope was to pick up the next section of the route guide from the tourist information office, which being a very large building was easy to find. It was closed. I decided to find a cafe to dry out and then see if I could find a suitable spot to camp, so I could return to the TI office the next day. The next morning at 10 a.m. I arrived to find it closed again.
So I’ve made the sensible decision to return at a more convenient time and continue with the next leg of the Camino, which to be honest I knew would happen soon anyway. It has been so very hard trying to find basic amenities (groceries for example) along the route and on the occasions when I wanted a Gite so I could recover and wash my clothes, those listed as open in the guidebook were invariably closed. This is not a moan, just cold hard facts that the Camino really is not geared up for winter – too many facilities have shut up until March. It has also been very frustrating not being able to get my Credentiale stamped at many of the stops along the way.
With great glee I called in out of the rain into the Gare SNCF office and asked if they could get me and my bike to Barcelona. Not possible, but I’m overjoyed to have got my ticket to Perpignan for tomorrow. From there I’ll ride down the coast to my original destination, Tarifa, and the crossing into Morocco. As for tonight, I’ve decided to splash out on a room near the station, wash my gear and have a good meal.
I will return one day and complete my Pilgrimage, of that I’m certain. For now, my world tour beckons…