Duck Season

A rare sighting last night of the Black Duck.

In pensive mood.

The team is assembling, with Franck, Gigi and the Duck in Bayonne/Biarritz. Today they will be joined by JC before moving up to Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Here, its just gone 4am. I’ll be leaving here at 6, arriving in Bilbao in time for lunch. Then Stu will land and we will make our way to St Jean in time for supper.

The weather forecast looks set fair, which is probably an indication of impending storms.

Right – time for a shower.

Look out Camino. Here we come.

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Stampede!

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Photo: A genteel get-together of some famous Prague-ites. From left to right, Dec, ‘The Decorator’ Smith, The Scrum-half, El Tel, Gonzo, the Duck and Johnnie ‘I’m a tree’ Pullen.

First, two named Stu chose the follow ‘The Way’.

Along waddled a Duck in their wake and the ‘Sensible Shoes Camino, a Front-row on Pilgrimage’ was born. Then came Jean-Christophe, a slightly unbalanced second-row, keen to guide us along.

On a late burst, (as is a centre’s habit) Gigi came storming up, promising supper and a day’s walking.

Now, a sixth has pledged to don his sensible shoes. Welcome Franck Neel, who is also joining us for ‘camino-light’.

Honestly, any more and we will have a bloody sevens team.

As regular readers will know, we are walking to raise some money for Our Lady’s hospice in Blackrock, Ireland where our dear old mate Terry spent his final weeks.

Thank you to those of you who have donated already.

Stu, (the scrum-half-shaped one) was musing on how we might winkle some more cash for this incredible hospice from the endeavour.

‘Let’s have a sweep.’ I suggested. ‘How many times will Laurent use his favourite Anglo-Saxon word  on camino?’

Ten euros a guess. You can have as many guesses as you like, but each costs ten euros. (Paid to the Just Giving page please.) When you have made payment, submit your guesses to either Stuart via Facebook, or here on the blog. 

The closest guess will win half the pot*.

It would be uncouth to write the actual word to which I refer, but all of you, particularly the English, will at some point have been referred to as this by the Duck. In fact, he often quacked, “We’re all just a bunch of c*****”

*Terms and Conditions apply. Winners must be over 50. Winners must present themselves, with their four living grandparents, to Goose Green, the Falkland Islands, on February the 30th to collect their prize.