Couldn’t sleep last night cos I was so cold. Pondered taking out my sleeping bag but because I was the last to turn in at like 12am, I was afraid of the noise. So I think I had 4 hours of sleep maybe. Woke up at 6.40am and got ready, packed, and had breakfast(coffee, toast, jam, honey). I really love the dining vibes at this Rifugio Elisabetta. It’s bright, clean, just like a cosy Italian restaurant. I asked the people who worked there if they live in the rifugio and they said yes. I’d thought that they live down the road at Courmayeur. So cool. Makes me wonder how life is like living and working in the mountains.
Chatted with some folks from a Chinese tour group, and also with the German folks. Said goodbye to the french hiker-watercolour painter Gerard (as he was heading to Rifugio Bertone). Seemed like half of the people I know are either going to Courmayeur(me) or Bertone today.
Somehow I always was around the wonderful German hikers who are always so friendly and nice to hang with on trail. I was so far behind from them going up to Mont Favre Spur(2530m) but caught it with them on the descend, which was crazy bc it was continuous switchbacks. My knees… I’m walking like I just ran a 42.195km right now.
I’ve pre-booked a nice hotel stay in the little ski town Courmayeur today, and just had the best hot shower I’ve had in 4 days. Little treat, best decision ever. Kurt and Molly from Oregon are staying here for 2 nights, great respite from the trail. If only I had time too…
Was wandering around the shops here and heard someone calling out to me and saw the Danish girls! So happy to see them again, this time at a pizza place. They just had their pizza which they said was amazing(vegetables, cheese, green apple and nuts combi) so I had to order something to try. Had this super large tomato and sausage pizza with cheese and it tasted so good with the tomato chilli oil which the girls recommended. Of course I didn’t finish it and had to pack half of it back to the hotel.
Chanced upon a couple of small little shops selling cheese, fruits and vegetables and saw huge nectarines that loooked really juicy and delicious. So I bought 2, at only EUR 2.50. Man, in Singapore, it would have been doubled. Also saw a cute shop selling locally made chocolates (“mbchocolat”) and got something the guy recommended. Haven’t tried it yet, hope it doesn’t disappoint. Might bring it to trail tomorrow ebcause I’m still so full from the pizza.
And of course, when in Italy, eat Gelato(after pizza of course). Asked for recommendedations and the guy said “ALL”. lol. Had the peach one(to compare with my current #1 from Black Peak in Wanaka NZ) combined wkth the Dark Chocolate. Somehow… I felt like the one from NZ is better… Haha what can I say. Maybe Courmayeur isn’t quite the place for gelato.
Anyway, my legs are really hurting. Did some DIY laundry just now. Feels so good to wash stuff and make them clean again… The trail is indeed very dusty.
The weather is forecast to be rainy tomorrow. Hope to have an early start tomorrow and get to the Rifugio Bonatti in time. Looking forward to see familiar faces again! I miss everyone already.
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