Monday 22 August - Faloria to Zuel (by
(Another Wet Day)
Today the weather was due to improve during the afternoon, so were in no hurry to move too early. The plan was to go with Ken and Hel to Rifugio Faloria by cablecar and walk down. We left the campsite on foot, bound for Cortina, where we were on a mission to buy some ciprofloxacin tablets to treat Martin's urinary tract infection. This was successful but expensive (€41 for 18 x 500 mg tabs) but avoided a doctor's visit, as the pharmacist could sell them with no prescription.
raining just before we got the cablecar at 11:30. We were the only occupants! At
the top, through a break in the cloud we could see Cortina below. The large
restaurant in the rifugio only had one other table occupied. Cappuccinos
preceded a nice lunch - lasagne for me, eggs, speck and rosti for Martin, and a
The view came and went and more rain started, so we delayed leaving by writing postcards. Eventually at 1:45 we headed out, uphill at first, keen to warm up a bit. Beyond the telecom towers, the descent started, and it was steep. This did warm us up but made Helen's legs wobble so much that she had to sit down in the middle of the path (pictured above). After chocolate and water, we continued the descent. A mistake at a junction cost us a few minutes and some more ascent, but once back on track it wasn't long before we came out just above Zuel. The rain was still coming down.
Due to the
weather, all eight of us (Julia having left by now) went to Cortina for dinner - pizza and salad. After dinner,
and Ian regaling tales of being served live octopus in