6. June 2014 16:11
6.06.14 Friday Ostabat to St Jean pied de Porte.
The small village of Ostabat is the meeting of several ways tributary routes from Arles in the south and Paris in the north join the route from Le Puy.Mr Squeaky the bunk beds came to our dormitory and none of us slept well but we were off before 7 am and into a day rapidly warming up as promised. The route goes a little up the valley sides but without much hieght gain thankfully. We stop briefly at a farm offering coffee and yogurt donativo but dont stop long. A red kite hovers low over the field next to the road and settles on a fence post. Magnificent maneuvering in the still hot air. We finally arrive as pools of gee in St J P de P as find the restaurant Tony remembers from our holidays here long ago. Stephanie stole her mothers trout at the age of one. It was a long time ago it is now a creperie, you cannot eat the same trout twice. But we find another that does have trout on the menu.
They can also be seen in the small rivrr flowing through the tow along with s viperine water snake spotted from the bridge to the campsite. The hot day winds on and the campsite fills up and Ray and Tim go shopping for a little food not too much we have to varry it up 1000 m tomorrow. Tony and Betsy go for hair cuts, Betsy reluctantly. She has not seen the inside of a hairdressers in years except for Rhona' s wedding, but the split ends she sits on are becoming icreasingly difficult and painfull to keep under control. The both return suitably shorn.
24 km 700m up and down. An Average Day.