[Text message from Tom, June 11th:]
French rail strike today (Weds.). No news about [the other six pilgrims]. Did NOT arrive [at] Lourdes on plan. Called their Barcelona phone left message, no answer.
Eventually they connected by phone, then at the train station, three or four hours later than planned. The group of six had some difficulties due to the train strike [although some trains were running]. “We had a combination of 3 trains that would take us to Lourdes [from Barcelona]. The first two went fine with no problem, but the third train couldn’t take us to Lourdes … the third train took us partway to Lourdes and we had to bus the last part (which took 3 hours). ” — from Garin