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French Camino Walk Sept 2019 

The Le Puy Chemin is definitely worth walking- lots of magnificent scenery, lots of history and historic buildings, amazing architectural structures for the times. Interesting paths through forests, farms, towns and cities. Plus interesting people along the way. The first 2 weeks are very steep, lots of going up and coming down steep rocky paths. We heard from other more seasoned hikers that they felt that the first 14 days of this Camino was the toughest hike they had ever done. So be prepared! It seems that 20km/day is a reasonable pace considering the hills and rocks, plus you also want to have time to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way as well as when you get to each days destination.

Sometimes the book/maps/apps overestimate how long it takes to get from town to town, - be warned!
This part of France seems to close fir the season from 1st October, not many places for food or accommodation are open. You can still find something but your choices are limited. Plus there are a lot less people doing the walk, so it could be quite lonesome.

The weather is still good though- not too hot or too cold.
Nearly everyone on a camino takes away something from it. In my case - a realisation that everyone is different, we all have our idiosyncrancies, and we all have our good points - appreciate diversity! And concentrate on the good in people.

Overall- it was a beautiful and worthwhile hike, can thoroughly recommend it. If anyone would like more information about this walk - I am always up for a chat! Au revoir,  A bientot.

Helen from Australian Brain Coaching

“After 40 years of smoking...”
Helen Dugdale
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“After 40 years of smoking...”

Recording from Frank, who gave up smoking after 40 years of 20/day, with just one session of Brain Coaching:

When I first heard about brain coaching I was sceptical, to say the least, for a start I didn't know what brain coaching was when it was explained to me, however, I saw in some way how it could work, when I went to a session and went through the various techniques I was amazed.

I didn't know why I needed brain coaching at all but if there was anything I would like to give away it would be smoking.  I was instructed how to achieve this. I followed those instructions and to my surprise - amazement really - they work.  I haven't smoked for some weeks now (9 weeks) I haven't been counting, and the craving has left me completely, however when I do sometimes get into a situation where I reach for a cigarette I remember what I was told. I abhor those things now and I find that the desire to smoke leaves me almost immediately. Does brain coaching work from my experience? Yes Yes Yes.

Another thing that really surprised me as part of the teaching the new habit, is that I didn't want people around me walking on eggshells because of my foul moods by not smoking.  I expressed a desire to be mellow and was instructed on how best to achieve this and again was amazed that it works.

Since giving up smoking, in my job as a community worker I have many stressful situations. In the past, any one or all of the events that I meet in my job probably would have got me smoking again.

I was a packet a day, 20 bucks or so a day would be the bill I guess, I never even counted the cost I just paid it because that's what you paid to do what you did, I haven't calculated the savings either. I imagine they would be adding up.

I still feel a sense of disbelief really, I struggled before in trying to give up, nothing seemed to work in the past.

What I know is this, that it is working for me, and why I think it is working is - I am committed to it and I realise for it to work a lot depends on me.  I would say that if you want to try brain coaching then you should approach it with an open mind and do your part to make it work.

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The Map of the French Camino Walk

Below shows the map of the area of France where you walk the French Camino.  The blue line is the distance travelled from the starting point to the end.  The redline shows Helen's progress across France walking between 19kms and 25kms a day.  Staying at BnB's a long the way.  

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    Helen Wheels French Camino walk Sept 2019 starting Le Puy-en-Velay, 

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    Paris Gare de Lyon to Le Puy en Velay by train.

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    Gare de Lyon to Le Puy-en-Velay to Sauges on first three days of trekking on the French Camino.

    Day 4 to 6 from Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals.

    From Golinhac to Conques to Decazeville

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