St Peterzell to St Gallenkappel, 24Km
LandGasthof Krone, CHF 95
Although the forecast was for rain, thunder and cool temperatures, it was clear from the moment I woke up at 5 something that today was going to be another scorcher. Big blue skies, a few fluffy clouds and hot, hot, hot.
Breakfast was over within a few minutes and I was soon walking over the green pastures looking at the long shadows of the early morning sunshine.
Ahead of me, I saw the now familiar sight of the two Austrian pilgrims and I caught up with them. They stayed in a hotel in St Peterzell and were walking farther than me today so the pace was brisk. When we reached Wattwil, I had to choose between stopping at a bakery which was highly recommended or continuing with my Austrian friends. It’s such a relief, after all this time, to actually walk with someone so I sacrificed the cappuccino and croissant and continued, even though we couldn’t talk.
Just after Wattwil, we stopped to look at the Iberg Castle (see main photo above) and then the church in Walde, where we each lit a candle. We reached my destination, St Gallenkappel, at 1pm and said farewell in German and English.
St Gallenkappel is a small town with no restaurant or bar and the accommodation (another Booking.com disaster) offers nothing for the pilgrim, not even tea making facilities. However, Google found me a restaurant in the next town so I went out for a 2.8Km Sunday afternoon stroll to get a sausage served with home made potato salad. A little exercise never hurt anyone.