Livin’ on a prayer

It’s gotten quite warm here the past few days, which is part of the reason I’m still behind on my daily blog updates.

The last two days had temperatures approaching 90 degrees. Today was almost as hot, but thanks to some rain overnight, considerably more humid.

As you might imagine, in heat like this, when I get to wherever I’m staying, my priorities are beer, shower, nap, food, wine, and sleep, in more or less that order. It doesn’t leave much time for blogging.

Hotter than it looks.

One of the questions I’ve been frequently asked via side channels is how far I’ve walked so far. Although I have an app on my phone to track my distance walked on a given day — the same app I use to make the source data for those pretty maps I post — I hadn’t ever added all the numbers together until today.

Having reached Lauzerte today, it turns out I’ve walked approximately 250.2 miles so far. And by most accounts, the distance from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is 500 miles, give or take, following the typical GR65 route — the designation given to the Via Podiensis.

If I reach my intended destination — God willing — today, after 15 days of walking, woah, I’m halfway there.

Cue the Bon Jovi soundtrack.