- suncream applied, quick-drying shorts and t-shirt, trail-running shoes, bandanna, a 2 litre hydration pack filled with water, wind jacket, sandwiches, chocolate/muesli-bar snacks, emergency foil blanket, tissues, wet wipe, walking-map, GPS watch and smart phone.
I was grateful for the smart phone App from Station de Tail which I could use to check my current location and reassure myself that I was still on the intended route. The signposting was not great. Some junctions had signs for several different routes and at other junctions the all important red square with a black number 10 was missing. You will see at the top of the map that on one occasion I missed my turn and had to retrace my steps (after doing a serpentine climb). By the time I consulted the map and returned to the point of error, I had lost about one hour. So what should have been 20.3 km ended up being a gruelling 26.55 km in the summer sun.
Five minutes after continuing the descent I saw a red sign with the number 10, but after following that route for 2 minutes I could see from the terrain and the campsite, which was now visible, that the sign was pointing the wrong way. I retraced my steps and continued on the zig-zag trail down the steep slope.
The terrain changing constantly from single grass/dirt trail to forest road limestone with potholes, craggy outcrops, gravel, scree (which moved liked a avalanche), pine cones, mixture of roots and rocks, peat, several river crossings (where I could refill the hydration pack), and surfaced roads back to the campsite.
Why do I do it?
Sorry, if you are asking that question I don't think I can answer it to your satisfaction. I am thankful to God for a healthy body to enjoy locations in his creation that most people don't get to see. That's what drives me on.