2017 E5 walk, day 52: Verneuil-sur-Avre to les Caves
For whatever reason, I dithered getting out of town in the morning, but finally managed to leave by 11 AM. The trail followed the Avre downstream, crossing back and forth over the river multiple times.
The trail headed briefly north into Tillières-sur-Avre (though the current route of the trail no longer does).
It was another hot day, and having left Verneuil late in the morning, I found myself walking without shade in the mid-afternoon heat.
Passing Dampierre-sur-Avre, I started to get a little concerned again about having enough water. I took a brief detour up from the trail to the town hall, but it was closed and there were no apparent outdoor faucets I could take water from. I decided to cut off one loop to the other side of the Avre (two crossings) to walk past a cemetery that was shown on the map, to see if I could get some water. After staring at the cemetery’s faucet and waffling a bit, though, I decided I wasn’t certain about its potability, so forged on ahead without refilling.
(This turned out fine, because I soon reached the town of Saint-Lubin-des-Joncherets, where I stopped in a grocery store for a bottle of cold water — far better than the lukewarm stuff I would have gotten from the cemetery.)
The trail headed up out of town, and at the village of les Caves, I left the trail and headed down a road to the town of Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre. The road was actually uncomfortable to walk, because it had little discernible shoulder (a steep slope on one side and the Avre on the other), and I frequently had to stop for cars driving by.
I stayed in the town’s municipal campground, Camping du Pré de l’Église, on a small island in the Avre. It wasn’t full, but there were several families staying there.
Dinner was döner kebab at Istanbul Kebab “Chez Abi”, one of the few places open (the town felt weirdly quiet, though maybe that was just because it was a Monday evening); it seemed to be a family-run business, based on the preschooler using a tablet behind the front counter. After dinner, I enjoyed a quiet stroll back to the campsite.