Chartres – Bonneval

Les Amis de Saint-Jacques in Chartres have produced a new version of their guide to the Route des Anglais, and I am trialing it today.  As with their previous guide it contains various confusing and ambiguous instructions, but it serves as a good start for the guide I am writing.

The pilgrim route from Chartres goes across the plains of the Beauce, a flat expanse of wheat fields stretched from horizon to horizon.  At this time of year the combine harvesters are in action, harvesting the wheat and the countryside is full of tractors and farm workers.

Somewhere in the great expanse of flat land, two very fast sporty men flew past the frère rabit pèlerin, on velocipedes much more velocing than the rabit’s velocipede.  Rabit gave chase, for no particular reason, and caught up with them.  The chase was quite futile and the rabit ended up recovering by the roadside after half a kilometre, squeaking and zizzing the paws limply.  (Rabit’s racing days are over; plus, a load of 20 kg on the velocipede does not really help…)

Arrival in Bonneval was nice and early, so time for a leisurely shower, lunch and blogging.  I am pleased to see our work continues on Catholicism Pure & Simple, without any more panics to catch up with…  Phew!  Thank goodness for that.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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One Response to Chartres – Bonneval

  1. cherry says:

    23.00 Canterbury
    Cher frere Lapin – epuise!
    It’s ok! you haven’t lost your blog from Bonneval -it is here – or at least arrived on my email – but I noted on your 2nd blog email it didn’t show up. So not sure if you want me to send it on to CP- en tout cas – bonne nuit, beaux reves, don’t go chasing others’ velocipedes!
    Cherry in Canterbury

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