Thursday 27 August 2015
I left the Cortalets refuge about the usual time, 8am. Weather again looked very promising, and the view from the refuge was interesting, a mass of cloud below!
After a pleasant walk around the Canigou massif, I reached the refuge at les Mines de Batere about 3pm. This is a rather eccentric place, which cannot seem to decide if it is a refuge, a gite d'etape, or a hotel. Still, I have a room to myself and it has hot water and an electric plug, so I am not complaining. It even has wifi, after a fashion. . It is erratic, and you have to go to the far end of an empty room to access it, but often it does work.
And dinner was excellent. I was sat opposite another Englishman, Reg, who is from Portsmouth but was born and brought up in Coxheath. He is doing the GR10, so I may well see him again. He can talk, but he is not uninteresting, He had an operation for prostate cancer in April and says he has to get home soon to find out if it was successful! He was in lescun when I was but found he had developed a hernia so hitched down to Oleron-Saint-Marie and bought a truss! It is rather impressive that these events have not stopped him walking. We had a good chat about the Pennine way which we have both done twice.
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