Yesterday was a hot day, and we walked 17 km and climbed 107 floors. We stayed in a tiny town 1/2 km away from the GR 65. The town consisted of few houses, a restaurant, and a sizable cemetery. The whole town was without electricity all afternoon. That should not effect cellular service, I thought. But no, besides no electricity, there was no cellular service, either. Even when the electricity returned, the phone did not work properly. We had fun taking our showers in a pitch dark shower room!
Here are a sampling of pictures from yesterday.
We wilted from the heat yesterday. Climbing in the blazing sun was draining. After our showers (without electricity) and a rest, we had a nice dinner at the restaurant with 5 other pilgrims (all from France) at a table outside the restaurant. It was a pleasant way to enjoy an evening.
We decided to leave our gite before sunrise this morning so that we could finish our 19 km before the day became too hot! It was a beautiful morning with some wide open vistas.
We came across this alburgue 6 km from our starting point. It has 40 beds, is the only place around, and is always occupied (based on a discussion with our French gite-mates). We stopped there for a brief breakfast before we moved on.
Most of the morning was cool with a nice, refreshing breeze.
We also met two ladies from South Korea. We have seen mostly French and a few Germans. These were our first South Koreans.
We made it to our destination without a meltdown. The early start, rolling hills, and cool breeze allowed us to complete our 19 km and 85 floor climb with just sore muscles.