2017 E5 walk, day 18: Mûr-de-Bretagne to Saint-Caradec
I returned to the trail in Mûr-de-Bretagne, and headed north out of town. It was drizzly in the morning, the first measurable rain I’d had so far.
My rain gear was just a compact water-resistant jacket. I wore it over my down vest for extra warmth on the coldest mornings, slung it at my side if I expected rain, and rolled it up and tucked it in the top of my backpack the rest of the time.
I cheated a little bit on the walk this day. I had reserved a room, but it was kind of a last resort: My maps had put it far out of the way, nearly an hour’s walk off the trail. The trail north of Mûr-de-Bretagne looped up the Vallée de Poulancre, and then back down the valley (perhaps two hours’ round trip) to a spot barely 15 minutes away from the starting point. Anxious about getting to my destination in time, I just took the 15-minute-long shortcut. I don’t really regret doing it, even though the gorge would have been pretty. After the shortcut, the route was a paved road that wound up and back down through a forest.
The route continued to the town of Saint-Guen, where it rejoined the voie verte cycle trail, and then skirted the town of Saint-Caradec.
My original plan had been to leave the trail at Saint-Caradec and head east towards the town of Loudéac, where I’d thought my destination was. But along the way, I’d realized that I’d misunderstood: In fact, it was just a short (10–15 minute) walk off-trail through a field along a dirt road. So I crossed under a highway and turned onto the dirt road towards my destination.
I stayed in a room at a friendly, comfortable farmhouse, Ferme de Goizel. The farm was well-supplied with cats, though none visited my room.
I assembled a salami and cheese sandwich for dinner, and then read a bit before turning in.