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Vosges - Day 5 : Le Petit Ballon 2

The next morning I didn't feel super hungry or thirsty, although I definitely wasn't eating enough. My shoes were frozen again so it took a long time to get going. There was a nearby river so I had enough to drink.

frozen river
frozen river
frozen river
frozen river

followed the river and passed through someone's private forest, fortunately I wasn't caught. Afterwards I ended up on a real road. When I reached a higher elevation the snow became deep and loose again and the road was hard to follow. I was getting hungry but with all the snow it was impossible to put my stove anywhere. That meant more granola with water. Hopefully I would find a store today. Back near the Petit Ballon I went downhill towards Sondernach. There was no ATM there, but I found one in an adjacent village. 

Sondernach

got 40 euros and planned to spend it all on food. I bought cheese, a mango, ravioli, oasis lemonade, chocolate, candy, canned fish, a cake, and some figs. After stuffing myself I also got two baguettes and a baguette au raisin. Completely stuffed and packed I went in search for a place to sleep. After a while I passed a graveyard, that didn't seem like a good place. Fortunately I found my way back to the GR5 route and a good place to pitch my bivy bag. Suddenly I heard 'GGRR BBRRRFFF' and noticed an enormous hog about 10 meters away. That was pretty cool to see, but a bit unfortunate he had come towards my food. I noticed there was a second one and decided to just GRRR back. I went to bed and didn't see them later.