Broke the 30 km barrier today, and reached an overall total of 400 km!
This is the longest continual walk I have done so far, and the hardest, too. In addition to the continuing ups and downs in the first part (things have levelled off now), there's the lack of logistical support: no special hostels for pilgrims, except in very few places where you can stay at a convent; mostly you have to spend a lot of time researching your own places to stay, trying to figure out how close they are to the route (as this is not normally mentioned in the descriptions on hotel websites or airbnb). Hotels and even nunneries are more expensive than in Italy or in Spain. And eating in restaurants could easily double the cost of your trip beyond that - a plain pizza in the south of France costs €16, any main dish at a restaurant over €20. Bars in the Italian sense, serving a stand-up breakfast for €2 and sandwiches for €4.50, don't exist either. The solution is grocery stores and bakeries - if you can find them open, that is! In small villages they keep very irregular hours, and even in cities they are closed on Sundays.
So when I left Éguilles at 8 this morning everything was still closed. Fortunately I had brought supplies with me from the flat in Aix, so I breakfasted in my airbnb room and dined on the remaining leftovers for the rest of the day. From Éguilles I descended into a valley of vineyards and into a forest of scrub, rather than trees - short prickly shrubs, punctuated here and there by maritime pines.