no, not attacked by the bête du gévaudan
DAY 4 à Aumont-Aubrac (20.5km) sur Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.
After spending a night at L’Oustal de Parent, un hôtel-restaurant de campagne and working farm, in Les Faux, I set out for Aumont-Aubrac, 20.5 km away. Ahead I would walk through some wide-open country, into small villages and hamlets, through woods, past pasture land and into large ranges with grazing cattle.
Walking gently downhill for the most part—thankfully—past Le Rouget, its name taken from the red stone nearby, seen as well in Saugues, past the entry to Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, into the hamlet of Grazières-Mages, into Chabannes another hamlet, . . .
. . . into some woods and out to Les Estrets, the pèlerin continues on his way in typical fashion. (Click on a photo to see more.)
After Les Estrets in the hamlet of Bigosse, I drank a delicious artisan limonade (myrtille, or blueberry). (Click on a photo to see more.)
Finally, I arrived in Aumont-Aubrac, a town with a statue of the Bête du Gévaudan, “a beast responsible for the mysterious disappearance fo some 50 people between 1765 and 1768,” according to Alison Raju in her The Way of St James.
After a dismal Sunday meal of sausages, I slept soundly at the Aubrac Hotel, 1 étoile.