Km 4690 to km 4777, Bolquère (France) to Arinsal (Andorra).
18/09/2022 – 19km
We had a good breakfast at the hotel this morning, and so left a little later. We did a small resupply at convenience store and there got chatting to a fellow HRP hiker.
The first section of hiking was through a ski area, and not particularly inspiring. But later in the day we passed through a very beautiful area dotted with alpine lakes. Understandably it was quite busy with other people.
We finished the day off with a bit of a scramble up and over Carlit peak. It was a bit harder going than the last few days, and I think a taste of things to come.
19/09/2022 – 20km
A gentle day, with only a few short climbs.
We arrived in Andorra at the ski resort of Pas de la Casa. It’s a strange place. All the buildings are new, so the town has no soul. There are a thousand supermarkets selling cheap bulk items, alcohol and cigarettes. I think there’s no VAT here, so it seems to be a shopping destination for neighbouring countries.
This is the end of my hike with dad,and we have another night in a hotel and meal to celebrate.
I’m starting to feel the changing of the seasons. In the sun it’s still very hot, but at night the temperature really drops.
20/09/2022 – 26km
This morning I said goodbye to dad. It’s been great hiking with someone again, and it’s always a little sad going back to hiking alone but hey ho.
The next town isn’t that far away, and after stuffing my face at the breakfast buffet, I can definitely see that I have too much food.
Somehow it didn’t occur to me that Andorra isn’t an EU country, and so I accidentally used up a lot of my phone credit, thinking it would be covered by my data allowance.
Tonight I’m in a little shepherds cabin. Despite the bed being just a sheet of steel, it’s quite cosy.