Descending to the road near Argentiere, we stopped at Auberge La Boerne, where we had drinks and the friendly woman made us up ham and cheese rolls (with very nice ham) for lunch. Then Carol and Nathaniel headed for the more direct route via Le Tour, with less climbing — especially for Nathaniel, who took the cable car! — while Mark and I went up the Aiguillette des Posettes.
We had drinks in the hut there — the woman serving us was every bit as grumpy as previous reports suggest — and then headed down to Trient. It cleared a bit, with some nice views, but settled down to solid rain towards the end, so we were happy to reach the Relais du Mont Blanc.
This was fairly crowded, but we had a four-bed room to ourselves, and we had time before dinner to shower, and do some laundry, and buy lunch for the next day. Dinner was nice soup with bread, cheese, salad plate, some kind of beef goulash with mash.