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GR5 Day 4 - A Dog Called Oxo

GR5 Day 4 - A Dog Called Oxo

Les Mattes - Chaux Palin ( Gite)

Another beautiful morning and sunrise, we managed to sleep through the alarm, probably  due to the fact we were pitched upon a deceptive slope so I spent a good part of the night sliding down my mattress and then pulling myself up again. Hair has morphed into a greasy sea urchin over night so it was a pan of hot water and an impromptu hair wash that helped restore a touch of cleanliness to our 4 days of no showering ... Maybe that's whats attracting the flies?

A nice flat, I said flat section of the walk this morning I like flat it's very underrated as a surface we have mainly been up and down, but today's walk has mainly been in ski resorts so I think we have been along a couple of greens and a few blues, plus one cheeky red.

We have been bunny hopping a couple of Dutch guys since yesterday they are not cute or furry and I don't believe they eat carrots but we pass them they pass us. As I am a nebbey ( nosey ) person so Jac says I like to check folks out and I figured because of the pants and socks strapped to their rucksacks that they were also possible GR5 walkers ...but one of them is in a pristine white t-shirt so I was not sure as who in there right mind goes on a long distance hike in a white t-shirt .. I mean unless your on some kind of Daz sponsorship it's a little impractical I think but each to there own. Anyway the point is we are now on English speaking terms as I got fed up saying bonjour to them and just gave jaunty waves like you do so clothing choices aside it turns out they had the weather report and it was not good news , big storms were on the way. 

On the way :-0 ... So we should not camp , pffff I thought what do they know in their whiter than white clothing ... So anyway we carried on and the skies got darker and to cut a very long story short we are now in a refuge and have just had a lovely dinner that did not come out of a packet or require adding water. There is a bed upstairs in the loft that is flat and has a blanket and will not require rolling up. 

Chaux Palin  

Chaux Palin  

As the thunder and lightning roll around outside I am replete and toasty warm in here and at this precise moment in time it is worth every one of the 60 euros it has cost .

Things lost and found:

Jacqui - The rerun of the spoon, it was inside the solar charger ... No idea why.

1 blister popped .... Bleurgh

Lip salve - still missing in action

Allanah - conversations with French people 3

Oxo and very chatty owner

Oxo and very chatty owner

1, owner of Oxo the dog, we had a very long no idea what anyone is saying conversation for an hour, it turns out he is either French Polynesian or a French polisher at this point it is anyones guess.

2, animated French man who is also doing the GR5 and has just walked in 1 day what we have done in two he was either animated or delirious. If he snores he will be dead as he is also staying in the loft ...

3, lovely waitress I thought I was saying ok , turns out I have been telling her to shut up , 3 times no less!

Walking down hill styles:

Jac, has perfected the crane walk, gently placing poles in front then moving in graceful strides downhill like a ballet dancer skipping from rock to rock.

Allanah, squatting dog pose ... descending style sumo wrestler crossed with constipated pooch, crouching that leads to a lot of grunting, with occasional expletives.

Valuable lessons learnt - Jac. Camp sandles maybe lightweight but dangerous on uneven surfaces and around guy ropes. Our weather app is useless, we need a good weather forecast app ... And we need to check it.

Valuable lessons learnt - Allanah. Always believe men in white t-shirts about the weather. Never stroke a strangers dog unless you want a very long conversation with no idea what's being said.

More walking styles! 

Les Mattes - Chaux Palin ( Gite)

First lodge after crossing the Portes de l Hiver

GR5 Day 5 - The Big Soggy

GR5 Day 5 - The Big Soggy

GR5 Day 3 - Early Morning Bonkets

GR5 Day 3 - Early Morning Bonkets