Day 21 – Coole to Corbiel – 19.69kms

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Outside at 8.15 am in the frost putting on our dirty boots. Joe felt it was going to be a good spring day so donned shorts. We were less enthusiastic about expectations of good weather.

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Here’s Monique and Jean Pierre at their home after we’ve all enjoyed a lovely evening together compliments of their kind generosity.

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The weather’s changing now. The wind is up and it’s bitterly cold so Peter’s donning his coat. Manchester Joe’s still in shorts as we walk along the straight as a die Old Roman Rd!!!

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There are a few signs along today’s way telling us we are on the right road.

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Roadside crosses still appear at intersections along the route. They are often commemorative in nature.

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Another beautiful roadside display in a small village of tulips in full bloom.

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Another view of the old Roman Road as we left Humberfield.

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View of an old Monastery outside Humberfield with the colourful Rapeseed or Canola out in full bloom.

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The storm is approaching fast. Will we reach shelter before it reaches us?

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The weather’s closing in now – time to don the cape which covers the backpack – just!!!!

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We’ve reached the village of Corbeil where we’ll spend the night. The architecture in this area has a very ‘Tudor’ style as seen in this old farmhouse building.

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The 3 of us were welcomed into the ‘Salle de Pelerins’ at Corbeil, which is a room next door to the Marie which has been set up for Pilgrims to stay at en-route to Rome. It has 3 camping stretchers with doonas for each, a microwave, coffee machine, table tennis table, toilette and a heater – what more could we want? Perhaps a shower and some Wi-Fi might be the icing on the cake???

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In this small village someone takes great pride in having some of these beautiful flowers growing in the centre de Ville.

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This is the local church which unfortunately is falling into rapid decay. The vestments are torn. Cobwebs hang from the rafters and the place has a very unused and unloved look. This would not be the only church in this condition. Many are locked with wire placed over the doors and windows. This one was open and as yet has no wire placed over the window or door openings.

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The interior of the church is simple but has seen better days.

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The Marie’s husband was the provider of our food and drink. He also made hotel bookings for us for tomorrow night. All this was done with little French or English comprehension on both sides. But at the end of the day we got dinner, wine, breakfast and the makings of lunch delivered to us. Again this is a donativo arrangement. How can we thank these people enough for making it possible for us to walk through this very depopulated area of France with no other support or accommodation available to us?

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Enjoying our dinner sitting at the table tennis table in the Marie at Corbeil. We were warm, there was plenty of food and some wine! After a cold windy day this was a great ending to another Pilgrims day.

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