The rabit goes on piligriminage on Wednesday 14th July. It is a short piligriminage on rabit’s velocipede, from Canterbury to Poitiers. It is a while since rabit went on piligriminage on a velocipede, having given away his last velocipede on the Camino Francés at San Xulián do Camiño in 2006 after cycling from Canterbury, via Le Puy, and then walked for the last four days to complete the journey. Since then, walking has been the only way to do it, and the greatest walk was from Worcester to Compostela and cape Finisterre in 2008, three months and about one thousand six hundred miles.
During that trip, rabit kept a blogue for the first time, helping to focus attention of the fund-raising effort for his preferred charity: Whizz-Kidz, the disabled children’s mobility charity. Just recently, Marion Marples, Secretary of the Confraternity of St James, the English piligriminage association, asked me where was my old blogue as she wanted to point someone in the direction of it for guidance on the route through France. Sadly, I deleted that blogue once I completed my fund-raising for Whizz-Kidz.*
I tried to recover it later but it had disappeared for good and, shortly afterwards, my old laptop pooter stopped connecting to the Internet anyway. Rabit – being a creature of small brain – was under the false impression that he had broken the Internet, so didn’t know the Internet still existed on millions of other pooters. The Internet is still there! What good news. So rabit didn’t break the Internet, after all. Hooray!
Coincidentally, at the same time Marion made the enquiry about my old blogue, a few days ago, I was already hard at work helping with others to create a blogue called Catholicism Pure & Simple. This had its origins in a breakaway group of commenters from Damian Thompson’s Daily Telegraph “Holy Smoke” blogue. I remembered how much I enjoyed bloguing about my travels, so I have decided to begin a new rabit blogue.
Here is Frere Rabit’s new piligriminage blogue. More to follow later, as I set off to cycle on my rabit velocipede from Canterbury to Poitiers, along the routes de Saint Jacques-de-Compostelle
Munch carrot. Zizz paws in a satisfied manner. Flop down on the grass in the sun, dreaming of a trip to the Carrot Museum.
(NOTE: Many thanks to Caroline for sending me the link to The Carrot Museum.)
* Geert Bakker in Holland sent me a link to show that the Whizz-Kidz charity page is still in existence for that walk in 2008: https://www.justgiving.com/whizz-kidz-pilgrim/