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Places:Start at Lon 1.00105, Lat 43.4981, end at Start Logged as completed by 1
I uploaded this track as an example of a series of long winter walks I have planned around where I live in France. These were supposed to keep me fit during the winter time, when even the lower Pyrenees may often be covered with snow. I have planned quite a few, but only did two during the winter, and here is the third, which I completed today. Note that these are definitely better to be kept for the winter -I got sunstroke today as the weather was pretty hot- before turning stormy and cooler in the end. The afternoon forecast was indeed stormy over the Pyrenees, too, which explains why I chose a walk close to my homeplace rather than a drive to the mountains, which would not have left enough time for such a long walk before the storms were supposed to break out. Basically, the idea is to walk from village to village, using only small roads and farm tracks or off-road whenever possible. The area is a bit hilly as well, adding a bit of interest/challenge. Apart from a few short pull-ups, the climbing is generally progressive and seldom exceeds 100m at once, but the total amount of climbing can be quite surprising (note that, according to the maps, the total amount for this walk should be more likely around 630m). Despite the maps being rather accurate and the itinerary previously calculated, there is always a track which is barred by an electric fence, leads to a farm/house and is therefore only private, or has disappeared under a crop field -which is the main agricultural activity here. Therefore, there is always a bit of fun trying to find your way between crop fields and bits of forestry or hedges, sometimes trying to find convenient spots to cross streams as well, which levels may vary with the season. Not my favourite kind of walk, as a good half is done on tarmac and you never get views as extensive as the ones you generally get in the mountains, but I find it quite interesting to cross lovely, tiny villages I would never have been to, and I generally spot quite a few birds, too: buzzards, red kites, wild pidgeons, jays and many other smaller ones.
Uploaded on: Sat, 28 May 2016 (18:07:42) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/3250/ To download GPS tracks you must be enrolled and logged in. See "Login or enrol", top right - quick and easy.
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