Whiffy yes Wi-fi no.

Yes it is fair to say that by the end of each day, how shall I put it, I stink. Walking up hill when it’s hot makes you sweat. Walking up steep hills when it’s almost 30 degrees and you have a pack on your back makes you sweat alot so once the walking has been done every thing I have worn that day has to be thorough washed and dried. Well it seems to work for Jack Reacher.

A lack of Wi-fi has meant I have not been able to update you and the tracker hasn’t been updating so sorry if you have been concerned.

So far it has been great. One or two slightly less than perfect moments but mostly a thoroughly enjoyable journey. It’s 7 am it’s pouring outside and today’s section has a lot of limestone on the route. The guide book specifically says this can be a difficult section if it’s wet and rain is forecast all day today 6/9. I have a massive blister on the sole of my left foot which is oozing liquid the colour and texture of strawberry yougart! should I be worried? I am in a lovely warm bed and can feel a rest day may be the right decision I will see how I feel in an hour or so. DSC_0158
I have finally worked out how to insert pictures. Only taken 2 weeks.
Not sure how they will come out on the blog or where to add a caption. The one above is day one 500 meters into the Journey.i will add more later.

Baptism of Fire

Well yesterday’s journey was certainly a baptism of Fire as the temperature reached 29 degrees. Yesterday was always going to be hard. Because I couldn’t find any accommodation in the first 2 villages I had to double up and do two full sections. A total of 42 km with 1900 meters of ascent.It turns out there was a wedding in the tourist hotspot of Sare. I arrived just as the happy couple exited the church and the streets were packed it was 5pm very hot and I was still over 2 hours away from my hotel. All the bars and restaurants were full. Eventually I arrived at my hotel at 8.11 pm 12 hours and 1 minute after leaving Hendaye. I am looking forward to a few easier days now before getting into the really high mountains. Yesterday only reached 600 meters but nevertheless the scenery was stunning.

Up Up and away.

So today is the day and I am at the airport waiting patiently for my plane. I have just read an article about next months cycle world championship which take place in Innsbruck Austria. The writer is at pains to stress the men’s race has 5000 meters of ascent and is 265km. Yikes my route is roughly 960km so almost 4 times the distance but at 54000Mt it has over 10 times the ascent. I hope.the author of my guide book has made a mistake or Maybe it won’t be as easy as I thought. Up up up keep going up…..

The G. R. 10 an awesome journey.

Grand Randonee dix Or G.R. 10 is a long distance footpath traversing the length of the Pyrenean mountain range. It starts from Hendaye on the Atlantic coast and finishes at Banyules sur Mer on the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 590 miles. It has been a long held ambition  (since 1978) to walk this route and to be honest I was starting think it may never happen. A pipe dream. A wish that is just a wish. A different type of lottery win. However having decided to take the bull by the horns I asked my employer for 2 months of unpaid leave and hey presto on 31/8 I fly to Biarritz to start the walk on 1st September.

I would like to share the experience with friends and family so will be posting updates,  pictures, tales of daring do and possibly of woe  WiFi permitting. Why not read my ramblings over your Petite Dejeuner.

 

 

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