Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays.
I woke at 6 before my alarm. But I wasn’t unhappy about that. It meant that I had time for a leisurely cup of tea. Travel kettles are a wonderful invention and essential in France. The aspect of civilisation that provides tea making facilities in hotel rooms having so far eluded them.
It was raining steadily so we donned our wet weather gear and tried to persuade ourselves of our good fortune in this having lighter packs to carry.
I was reluctant to get the phone out in the rain, but this boulder in the path got me wondering about why walkers seem to want to pile stones up at every opportunity.
At the top of the hill the hamlet of Rochegude boasts two ancient structures. It was wet so I only explored the nearest one to the path,
This chapel is devoted to St Jacques and was open.
And appeared to have a congregation- of walkers, perhaps.
We pressed on through the mist and drizzle to arrive at Monistrol D’Allier. The impressive gorge looking better in this view than from the other side of the bridge where a hydro electric station rather dominates the valley.
From Monistrol the path climbs over 1300 feet. But it snakes around the valley side, and I was seldom out of breath. Bob weighs 3 stone more than me and his progress was a little more laboured.
And we did get some wonderful views as the rain eased off and the mist lifted.
We passed through several sleepy hamlets with equally slumbering dogs. The Shepherd of this lot had 4 of the beasts but they only paid us a cursory interest.
We made good progress as the land levelled out and the sun re-appeared.
As we began to descend to Sauges works of art started appearing . More stones being piled up on some.
We arrived at 2.15. The restaurant was still busy with lunchers. All we wanted was a bath and a snooze. I had the bath. This blog deprived me of the snooze as the software was playing merry hell. I now need a drink.
Actually I admit to having several before we entered the smart dining room of our Hotel de Terrasse. An excellent supper of leak and potato soup, a rare beef steak with a puréed something that was questionable, and the most excellent cheeseboard. I had 6, Bob 5, Le Patron said we could have asked for 20.