GR5 Day 5 - The Big Soggy
Chaux Palin - Samoens
9 hours !!! We had 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep well if you ignore the 10 mins when the thunder storm was directly over head we did. The storm has passed but the rain has not so the day was spent mainly in cloud, apparently there were stupendous views of limestone craggy cliffs and amazing vistas, we didn't see squat apart from raindrops of my hood & nose and white fuzzy stuff called clouds surrounding us. We descended 1500 meters today in the rain and climbed 500 metres in the rain, there was a lot of rain it was big fat stuff that lets you know it's rain, not spitting, not drizzle, but bounce of the top of your head rain. 20 km in the rain, you could here me squelch a long way off but then the sun came out and it was all fine again. The campsite found us a spot even though it was fully booked, we found a nice place for dinner and Jac had a pizza with about a months worth of sensible cheese consumption on it, we bought resupplies for the next 3 days and we had a shower ... Well two if you count the rain, it was unfortunately not the warm luxury I was dreaming of as it was bloody baltic. I only managed to stick myself under for milli seconds without screaming in agony, it even froze my earlobes and I'm not even going to begin to tell you what it did to my nipples!
But hey ho I'm cleaner than I was and tomorrow the sun is supposed to shine :)
Things lost and found - Jac the spoon , I know it's hard to believe but she lost it again and didn't even realise it was lost until she found it by pure chance in the bathroom where she had taken it for a shower, I have no idea why you would take a spoon In the shower but hey who am I to question.
Allanah - my cap I couldn't find it, I sent Jac upstairs to the loft to look for it but no it had vanished and I really liked that cap. I mused on the lost cap for most of the morning in the cloud, thinking if the cap was here I wouldn't have a wet head. I would be able to see as this hood keeps slipping over my eyes without my cap I was forlorn and soggy, capless and damp. Just as it had stopped raining I found it safe and sound inside my pocket, cap obviously doesn't like water.
Valuable lessons learnt:
Allanah - don't touch any part of an electric fence even if you mistakenly believe that the hook section attached to the big plastic handle is safe, it is not and will shock you with enough volts to catapult your arm away from you and induce tingling in the limb for several hours. It will also cause your walking partner to pee their pants laughing and you will lose valuable walking time due to their incapacity to stand upright and yours to hold a walking pole. As funny as it was Jacqueline (Sunday name when I'm in the huff) it will not be repeated for video footage and I really don't care how much our friends would enjoy it, it bloody hurt.
Both - waterproof gear is fantastic it mainly does what it says on the can, it keeps you waterproof, however it does not keep you sweat proof, ventilated aide zips (me) and rolling them up so they look like a pair of galoshes (Jac ) will go some way to help but at the end of the day if there is any incline at all, then I'm afraid it's boil in the bag for you, today I was mainly cod in parsley sauce.
Chaux Palin - Samoens
Campsite far end of town - if they say full still ask as they keep pitches for walkers ( cold showers though )