Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Friday, 5 July 2013

Friday 5 July 2013 - Pyrenees GR10 - Day 21 - Cauterets (2) - Café Society

Only a couple of km walked on this very sunny rest day.

Summer has arrived. 

We've been very lazy. 

This despite the fact that compared with the likes of our TGO Challenge walks across Scotland we are covering rather less than two thirds of the daily distances, and on average ascending less than we do in Scotland. Moreover, we are walking on paths (albeit with occasional difficulty due to fallen trees).

Paul and John, who had arrived from Refuge d'Ilhéou at lunch time,  were tracked down to a bar in town, where they plied us with beer before parting with us for ever. After being on the same flight from Stansted three weeks ago, they will now be a day ahead of us all the way to Luchon, from which town they leave for home before we arrive. 

Roland and Marie arrived around 6.30pm and headed for the gite. 

Cauterets is full tonight; there has been a road building pause for the weekend, so traffic can get through. 

There's a big event on tomorrow. Lean fell runners are registering for a race that, unusually, requires them to be issued with bits of rope and a couple of carabiners.

Meanwhile, the swifts are wheeling and squealing outside our sixth floor window. 

Sent from our GR10 trip - see here for our itinerary


Gayle said...

What a snippet of gorgeous sky there is in that picture.

Rumour has it that summer has arrived here today. The 5-day forecast is telling me that it's going to be sunny every day. Pity I won't be in a mountainous place with a backpack on to enjoy it!

Alan Sloman said...

I recognise that cafe, on the junction. I spent a few happy days there.

Phreerunner said...

We'll be there again today Alan. The forecast is looking good here as well, Gayle. Just a few snow banks to negotiate - perhaps requiring major diversions, but conditions change every day.

Chantal and Joel said...

woooh woooh woooh : are you still fine ? only tea-break ! no more beer ?!
heps, Sue and Martin : did you run the trail "Grand Vignemale" to-day ??? as we were told that this city organised this competition specially for you, as your calfs itch you, during these 2 days off...

Phreerunner said...

Yes our calves were itching (mine anyway) but unfortunately we slept in! I'm now wishing I'd known about it. Or am I?

Meanwhile we have enjoyed some beers with Pierre and Yolaine, who are in fine form. We will see them again in Luchon.