Tuesday 4 August 2015
A reasonably gentle day today, which I was glad of as I am still feeling under the weather. I was ready to leave by about 7.30am, but it was raining so I waited half an hour or so until it stopped. Once it did so it turned into a nice day, with sunny intervals but not too hot. There was the usual stiff climb ofabout 800m to plough up, to the Port de Rius, 2320m, and then a very pleasant walk along several lakes, and a short, stiff climb up to the Refugio Restanca.
I had been told the Refugio was full, and so it was, but they said that I could sleep in the dining room after the meal was finished, if that would be ok? Along with ten others apparently. I was not too sure about this but there is a prediction of storms again tonight, as there was last night, so in the end I agreed. We shall see, but what I would say is that the staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. Haven't I always said that, about Spanish refugios? :-)
Dinner was excellent (no pasta!)
Tomorrow is a long day's walk to Salardu, and the end of the third section of the HRP. I think a rest day will be called for, some of my clothing is beginning to complain of neglect.