The Rivers were by no means the most difficult barriers to negotiate on the different journeys, but they were significant and could be dangerous.
Here is the natural wier on the Arriege just before it joins the Garonne. It is one of the wiers which also served the function of a ford.
Many other barriers lay in the path of both John and Ximene as they learned about themselves, about life and the world in which they lived.
For John the most important mentors were William Montacute, Joan of Kent and Lady Eleanor.
Guilliame de Clermont-Dessu performed a similar role for Ximene.