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David-Guenot: Track 4015 in area near France, Occitanie ()
Martres-Bezins Mega-Loop
Length: 66.7km, Creator time taken: 21h32m, Ascent: 2667m,
Descent: 2671m

Places: Start at Lon 0.641512, Lat 43.078, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

A mix of forest tracks and roads, trails, off-track and tarmac, also taking in a few minor tops. The return from Bezins followed two GRs (marked trails) and was entirely walked at night, mostly across forestry. A personal challenge which turned out to be extremely long time-wise and pretty exhausting. I missed turns twice, which added both distance and climbing. But the most interesting experience was the feeling of falling asleep while walking !! Needless to say I ended up sleeping in the car. Total ascent around 2710m.

Discovering an old tower that was not on the map while visiting the first summit of the day. The kind of place that will deserve another visit...

Some views opening at last. Looking W towards the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (2876m, l.) and Pic Montaigu (2339m, r.).
Crossing the Col des Ares (797m) around km20.
Some beautiful views opening there and then.
The Garonne valley just before nightfall. Nice views but with about 35km left to walk I could have done without this detour, actually an orienteering mistake.

Uploaded on: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 (12:00:37)
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