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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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