it’s a new dawn . . . it’s a new day
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me
And I’m feeling good
― Leslie Bricusse
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
DAY 2 à Saugues (19km) sur Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.
I start over again, each day it will be, despite what I learned and know now from yesterday. I greet the second day with open arms and endless possibility. It is nice to think that another arrives with no problems in it yet.
Surprises along the Chemin are many as I will learn in the coming days. Maybe the first happened when I saw the Chapelle troglodyte de la Madeleine above the hameau Monistrol-d’Allier. One begins to climb from there and from the river Allier for almost 31km. After a short hike up a stony track and occasionally looking back at the Allier gorge, one turns a corner to the Chapelle. It might have been a grotto and then covered with stone and made into a chapel.
Gustave Eiffel designed and built the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In 1888 he built the bridge which spans the Allier River and leads into Monistrol-d’Allier.
More signs guide the pèlerin. The conque shell appears often. The crosses will sometimes be decorated with beads that are left behind as offerings.
Art work along the Chemin begins to appear. For example, outside Saugues stands a tree sculpture with Saint James carved into it. Entering Saugues one has walked approximately 43km.