Blisters and Bunions!!!

We left the Charming Charmilles at 11am on the 3rd of June 2018 and started making our way towards our next destination another 80km heading towards the Lyon direction, for the first hour of the journey we were coming down the mountain again on single track roads, luckily and thankfully these roads don’t seem to have much traffic and it was only when we got to the wider roads that a couple of cars passed by, we passed an old gent while travelling the single track roads who stood there scratching his head (I like to think in awe of us) as he watched us go by… but luckily we found more pleasant and suitable roads followed that for the next couple of hours drive…

we passed by some magnificent towns and villages one named Charmes, Champagne and one oddly enough called St Pierre de boeuf which roughly translated means St Peter of beef… No wonder I had been getting so many steak dinners lately… Pete never told me he was the saint of beef!!!

In one of the towns we passed through it had the remains of an old building still just barely standing… I managed to get a quick snap of it as we were passing…

We again had our wing mirror knocked by a car who was towing a rather large rubber dingy type boat behind him on a trailer it was the end of the boat that knocked us as he overtook us on a double lane and carved back in before he should have!!! but no damage done, we just had to pull over and adjust the wing mirror back into position again!!!

We arrived at our next destination at about 2.45pm again reception were closed till 3pm but we managed to park in a arrivals bay and went to walk the site to look for suitable pitches by the time we got back reception had reopened and were ready to check us in…

It’s a lovely quiet campsite called Camping Bel ‘Epoque Du Pilat it has great large grassy pitches that have matured hedges around them for privacy, a very welcoming looking swimming pool, a snack/bar area, the reception staff were very polite, friendly and helpful on arrival and have continued to be so during our stay, giving us lots of walking advice and good info of the local areas and of places to go locally, when they realised we had Toffi with us one of the staff even showed us in the direction of an ideal dog walk for her to enjoy which is a just few hundred metres from the campsite and at the start of the local river so that Toffi could have a paddle and a good cool down on her walk… it’s so hot during the day for her… we also made friends with the local horse there’s a stable also just down the road…

IMG_4704

The next day we set off to explore the area and to cross the viaducts and head into the town… The site staff had told us of a shortcut way through the woods instead of us having to walk along the roads and it would bring us straight out to the viaducts… on our drive here we had seen a group of daring people bungee jumping from them… so I hoped they would be there today so I could watch, but sadly they weren’t…

After the viaducts you enter the medieval town of Pélussin, we walked the whole town on our quest and what a lovely town it was we found the small square in the afternoon and the bar owner was just closing up but allowed us to purchase a drink before he closed up for the day…

We then walked up into the oldest part of town to find the Château de Virieu, we headed in the general direction of the steeple we could just see in the skyline and walked through and small type of Portcullis and found what we were looking for…

We walked for what felt like a 100 miles today… and poor Toffi was being offered water at almost every corner and kept as cool as we could by soaking her fur in water too… but I have to say everytime Pete saw a seat he was sat down before I even knew what was happening… nevermind it’s actually Pete who insists we go on these massive long hikes… and on days like today where we are walking around in 26-29° heat and at midday of all times… and then he chooses to sit around on every seat he comes across!!! Photos as proof… He was blaming a blister and a bunion on his foot!!!

But seriously the town is rather a nice place to spend a sunny afternoon, it’s well worth a visit and a walk around, one half of the Chateau seems to be in a state of disrepair while the other side is currently lived in and in a very good state of repair… but what a beautiful building the Chateau is… it has been in existence since 1173 so it is also doused in history…

Well it was soon time for us to make our way back to camp already exhausted we still had a couple of miles walk back and then we ended up getting a little lost in the woods thinking we might have seen a shortcut so we probably added an extra mile onto our walk home… but we got there in the end besides we would have been fine as we found a den someone had built in the woods so if all else failed I guess we could have camped out there until we were missed and a rescue party was sent out to find us!!!

Gotta go now to soak some bunions and put some plasters on Pete’s poor little blisters for him…

Take care for now

Donna x

Camping Bel ‘Epoque Du Pilat €15 per night GPS N45°24’49” E4°41’29”

Camping Les Charmilles €17 per night GPS N44°38’0″  E4°30’30”   total spend €55 free wifi