Day 2 Begins
The day started off well with lovely bridges adorned with flowers…
and fantasy-like landscapes…
Then it changed.
The climb to Col du Bonhomme (2329 m) was really tough. By the way, if anyone tells you the TMB is easy, they’re either expert hikers, are in fabulous shape, or they’re lying.
Along came these four crazy people behind a whole bunch of us having a hard time, and they’re carrying their bikes. Can you believe it?
When we got to the Col, the pass, I asked them what in the world they were doing. All four, two women and two men, were from Oregon. They’d wanted a different bike riding trip.
A guide had marked out the routes on the map, booked their accommodation and sent them off. I knew why the guide had stayed home.
The Refuge de La Croix du Bonhomme
It was snowing, and the landscape had taken on a type of harshness we hadn’t seen yet as I like de toward the refuge. A few hundred meters up (I’d climb it tomorrow), le Col des Fours, was one of two of the highest points on the trail at 2756 m.
I was surprised and happy to see the Chalet appear. My legs and back hurt. Tiny flakes of snow were falling, and it looked like it was settling in. It wasn’t the greatest place to sit on a rock for a rest.
Hanging from a rock in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the refuge uses solar and wind power to sustain itself. There had been no sun, so no hot water. The only heat I saw was in the main room, but there were flushing toilets, a miracle really. No Wifi, but they had a phone.
The window to our room didn’t quite close. I was glad to have a down sleeping bag. Even with quilts, the others froze.
It was all a pretty spectacular experience, and the supper they served was incredible, all with items either hauled in at the beginning of the season by helicopter or carried up.
Highly recommended as a place of rest, or just for lunch. Really, the food is awesome.
In my last post, I forgot to thank my friend Mariam, who cooked me soup and bought me a drink in Chamonix. Can you believe she speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Farsi, English, and a bit of French?
Thank you Mariam!! Hope you have a great Tour du Mont Blanc.