After a lovely breakfast Pamela and I Farewelled Helen at the hotel as she was wisely catching a taxi to Sainte Engrace to give her sore knee a day's rest.
We set off past logibar up a narrow limestone valley to a huge suspension footbridge across a gorge. It was a steep rocky climb but again the scenery was magnificent. VERY deep limestone walled gorges were everywhere. Clearly the fast running torrents at the bottom (too far down to see at times), had cut out these gorges between all the mountains. As we walked the wet and muddy path the water poured out of the mountainsides everywhere. Sometimes as waterfalls sometimes just springs leeching out.
After traversing a grassy hill back in the opposite direction to where we wanted to go we finally climbed to the pass over the mountains. Up again to another peak at 1380m where we met a Swiss guy (André) who joined us for the rest of the day.
After a quick lunch break at a grassy plateau when climbed to a 3rd high point for the day and the rest of the walk was a descent along paths bordering another gorge. This passed through overgrown lanes that were tunnel like. Lots of huge orange slugs were found on the path by Pamela. André and I were clearly chatting too much!!
The last ascent for the day was a small climb on a road for 3.5km that seemed to go on for ever. We were all delighted to be reunited with Helen at the auberge.
We installed ourselves on our 'beds ' (3 mattresses on a wide plank!) which was better than the other long bunk in the room that had 6 mattresses side by side both top and bottom. Those 12 people arrived much later in a group.
Had drinks on the auberge terrace with André and another guy (Jean Luc) who were each camping at the back of the Gite but eating there.
We dined together with a French couple and had lovely food and a lot of laughs over dinner.
Gite auberge Elichalt
The set menu for the night
-Vegetable and chicken soup
- Pork cutlets and Puy lentils with bacon and other yummy flavours
- lettuce salad
- local cheese
- copious amounts of bread for those who could eat it
- basque cake /black current pana cotta
- tea in rather large egg cups!!
Picnic lunch for tomorrow
Large baguette saussison and cheese sandwich( shared by Helen and Pamela)
Slices of salami and cheese for Pauline
( Pauline always has her quinoa flakes to make porridge , and a couple of buckwheat crackers)
38€ pp with dinner and breakfast
123€ for everyone including picnic lunch
The suspension bridge
The incredible limestone gorges
Lovely to chat with André during the walk
Walking with an amazingly light pack because we sent our heavy things in the taxi with Helen !!! ( we thanked Helen, in her absence, many times during the day)
Helen being unable to join us today