Day 42 – Orsierres to Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard – 25 kms

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Bourg St-Pierre is the last village before the Hospice at the top of the pass. While Bourg has accommodation it has no shops so at Orsierre we’ve needed to get food for the long climb up.

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Morning tea in the sun at Bourg St-Pierre. All relax in different ways – Jenny’s eating, Peter’s fiddling with his watch and Thomas is texting.

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In the beginning the snow seems a long way away.

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Then it gets closer.

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And closer.

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We’re running out of energy so took a much needed rest as we got nearer the top.

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We left a little ice carving near our rest stop.

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Almost there – the wonderful weather conditions have prevailed.

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The mountain road hasn’t quite been cleared of its snow yet.

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Met these Aussies from Darwin just below the top who’ve ridden their motor bikes all the way from Australia with some boat transport from Darwin to Dili, East Timor.

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For more details of the motor cyclist’s adventure go to their Facebook page listed in the photo above.

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We’re there!!!!

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V for victory – we’re very happy we made it safely. Being a little brave and a little crazy helps a lot!!! So does a sunny day!

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Met this person who cross country skied up from 4km below and was now setting off to go back down to his car.

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The Hospice was a very welcome sight – it’s warm, provides shelter from the wind and has food and hot drinks – what else does a pilgrim climber need?

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The Hospice seemed to have more workers than guests – there were just the us 5 there.

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We sat with another 5 workers for dinner and had plenty of wholesome food in readiness for tomorrow’s downhill walk into Italy.

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