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“When the rhythm changes, so does the dance” - African Proverb 

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I woke up early yesteday, had breakfast, and walked around the city of Besançon like I had nowhere to be.

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I walked around an outdoor market.

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    I noticed new details I had missed looking around at sunset.

 

I noticed new details I had missed looking around at sunset.


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I walked up the river. 

    Past people walking their dogs, learning to parallel park, architecture, cars and boats.  

Past people walking their dogs, learning to parallel park, architecture, cars and boats. 

 (Facing North towards the city of Besançon)

(Facing North towards the city of Besançon)

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 (Facing south towards Lausanne) 

(Facing south towards Lausanne) 

I replaced my trail shoes at a helpful running store and stocked up on electrolyte tablets. 

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I ran up to find panoramic views of the city, the citadel, and birds.  

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I shared the trail with a horse and his rider. 

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The trail emptied and I found my way with the a road map through some small towns.  

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After 15km running, I was struggling in the hot sun. A girl named Kelly pulls over, hikes down the road to meet me, and offers to take me down the road. She just received her diploma to become a special education teacher so we celebrate!

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I walk across a little bridge to find the accueil de pèlerin in Vuillafans where I am staying for the night.  

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They are surprised I am far earlier than the 10pm estimated arrival time given this morning, but welcome me with lemonade and cookies in their backyard. I have time to wash my clothes. 

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I take a nap and then have dinner with Solange. She has done the Camino in Spain and will do the Via Francigena with her husband later this year.

She says « On marche avec la tête ». I agree. 

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