GR5 Day 16 - Worrying Behaviour
Col De La Vallee Etroite - Col De Dormillouse
A very restful nights sleep was had by all, even the cows stopped clanging their bells in the small hours which was a relief as I did think at one point I had developed tinnitus.
We have noticed a difference in the landscape today the mountains are getting smaller and there is a lot less snow, the pine cones in the forest no longer look like poo cones, well unless you are severely constipated that is.
The air is drier and the wild flowers have all but disappeared to be replaced with long grasses and lavender bushes, so it feels like we are moving closer to the Mediterranean, we might actually make it, today is our halfway point on walking distance.
The last two days walking have been passing through battlefields from the war and there have been lots of rusting ammunition shells left over from darker times, today thankful it is quiet and serene.
Officially our walking day ended at Plampilet, but the campsite was a bit rough and ready and situated by a main road. We are wild campers don't you know, we expect views and vistas from our night time accommodation and no amount of asphalt or the possibility of an Italian restaurant across the road was going to change that (madness I know ).
So we have continued on to cover half of tomorrow's walk as well, up another 500 metres, no Italian restaurant anywhere, and we are now camped just bellow the Col de Dormillouse, it's a beautiful spot and someone obviously uses it as there is a campfire with plenty of wood, which we won't touch as I would be pretty naffed off to find some scuffers stole my twigs.
We never feel twitchy alone on the mountains, but I must say tonight I will be sleeping with my walking pole as we have just heard the weirdest shriek/ bark /howl in the trees above us, so it hopefully is a wild boar and not another wild camper.
Technology is great when:
It provides accurate weather forecasts.
It manages to book you 2 nights in a hotel in Briancon with an ensuite, bed and a central location, whilst you are struggling up a hill In the afternoon sun.
When to worry about your trekking partner:
Jac has developed a bit of an obsession with GR5 markers, they are little red and white lines that appear randomly to let you know your on the right path. I have noticed over the past few days she takes quite a lot of pictures of them. Today for example she has taken 10, not too many I hear you say, but she has taken 9 of me but from that 9, 2 of them were miss shots of my feet, and one of them is me pointing at a very small GR sign for Jac, ...tomorrow I will be painting a red and white stripe on my arse in the attempt to get into more pics.