2017 E5 walk, day 22: Josselin to le Vieux Bourg
I headed in to Josselin to mail postcards back home. There was a busy street market, so I bought some fresh produce, and then headed out of town, stopping along the way at Le Fournil de l’Oust (“Bakery of the East”) for the requisite pastries and bread.
The trail headed east, up and down through some hills, keeping generally within sight of the canal. This was my last day along the canal, which by this point had become an odd sort of companion.
The GR 37 eventually returned to run alongside the canal itself, veering farther and nearer as it went along. It eventually skirted the town of Guillac, brushed near the canal one last time, and turned north to make its way towards the coast.
The trail took a weird jog through a woods scarred by off-road bikes, then zigzagged along roads up to my campsite, Camping du Lac, on the shore of Étang au Duc (“Duke’s Pond”), a dam-made lake. The site was the busiest I’d yet seen, though I still had no trouble finding a place to set up my tent.
For dinner, I walked around the south end of the lake and across the dam to the town of Ploërmel. I wandered around town a bit before I found a place that had an open table1; I believe I ended up at Les Ateliers Gourmands.
After dinner, I took a few pictures of the town before heading back to the campsite; I arrived as dusk was falling.
It turns out that this was France’s Labor Day weekend, and thus more people than usual were on vacation, explaining both the busy campsite and the busy restaurants. ↩︎