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Sep 7, 2017 - Day 18 GR10 Refuge des Étangs de Bassiès to Auzat

Day's Overview Again we have gone off route to cope with another section of no accommodation. But only a tiny bit today. There was an icy wind when we left today but the low cloud was starting to lift. The chain of lakes were stunning. Saw some 'Orries', old stone Shepard dwellings with grass on the roof. Looked like something from the Flintstones As did the precarious looking bridge that we went over later. All made from stone slabs and not a piece of timber in sight. Eek! Descended through magnificent countryside. Relatively good...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Day 17 GR10 Aulus les Bains to Refuge des Étangs de Bassiès

Day's Overview Steady climb through forest for first 2 hrs. Then steady slippery climb up often muddy pastures Heard cow bells for long time but cows were hidden in fog Eventually encountered a bull coming towards us on a narrow slippery path. Bit scary but he happily got off the path and slipped past us At top of pass we quickly descended along a rocky steep path with a cable to hold for a short while. Handy as the rocks were slippery and there was a big drop on one side. Still in the fog we had a steep rocky climb and then crossed a...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Day 16 GR10 Rest Day Aulus les Bains

Day's Overview A wonderful GF breakfast from the gîte owner. Then Sandra headed off to do a hike and see some more waterfalls. What was supposed to be three hours hike turned into 6 hrs! Meanwhile Terry, Helen and I did washing at the local campground Had a picnic lunch back at the gîte then I tried to catch up on travel journal whilst Terry had a massage at the local hot springs centre. We washed boots and I did my backpack It was a relaxing sunny day. Then went together for a walk around the tiny town. Plenty of guys riding bikes up the...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Day 15 GR10 St Lizier to Aulus les Bains

Day's Overview We were up early and left the gîte at 8am. Straight into a very steep climb but we soon settled into the rhythm. Overtook a couple of women from the gîte also walking our way today. At the first pass (2hrs of climbing ) we stopped for our morning snack break. Then proceeded up the climb to the 2nd pass. Which was at the top of a ski area. Walking wasn't very difficult although some of the traverses were again very narrow with a steep drop. From the pass (Col de Fitte) we walked on for another hour before stopping for lunch...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Day 14 GR10 Esbintz to St Lizier

Day's Overview Left quite late today. Again we took an alternative route using the Tour du Val du Garbet. Climbed through an 'enchanted forest' and then descended to a river where we had our morning snack at picnic tables outside a canoe centre. The climb then started up to the Col. We contoured around a mountain for much of the day. Paths varied in quality from very good to very narrow (width of our shoe) on a very steep slope of thick tufts of grass. Tricky walking. Some areas were extremely rocky making difficult walking. We passed...

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Sep 2, 2017 - Day 13 GR10 Bonac to Esbintz

Day's Overview The Pyrenean Pair has just become the Pyrenean Pair Squared! A long walk today but it wasn't difficult. Accidentally took a couple of wrong turns early on so had to backtrack. Added a couple of kms. Traversed through pretty farm country and then had an extremely steep but short climb to a track that ran alongside a water pipe and then a little canal. Easy walking through woods. Had to cross / pass through several electric fences and Helen was zapped 3 times. Me once. Quite a jolt. We walked quickly to make the long distance....

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Sep 1, 2017 - Day 12 GR10 Eylie to Bonac

Day's Overview Left the main GR10 route today to to a GR10 alternative (GR10E), which is further north and over 2 days much longer than the main route. But unlike this part of the main route, this section actually has somewhere to stay! Margy and her group left just ahead of us. Nick, Helen and I walked together. Each group passed each other several times, depending on who was resting or eating! It started with a long steep climb through the forest and we then emerged into the heather. We passed more mining equipment and looking back down...

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Aug 31, 2017 - Day 11 GR10. L'Étang d'Araing to Eylie-en-Haut

Day's Overview YAY, we have now climbed AND descended one Everest (plus a bit) since we started walking 11 days ago. A relatively easy day today, although it rained the whole time and with all of the descent it made it treacherous at times. Nick walked with us today and helped with checking out the path ahead. Started in the fog/mist with a climb. By the time we were at the top our views were extremely limited. We could hear a dog barking madly and soon realised it was the famous 'patou'. The pyrenees mountain dog left to guard the sheep...

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Aug 30, 2017 - Day 10 GR10. Fos to L'Étang d'Araing

PHOTOS TO BE UPLOADED WITH BETTER NETWORK Day's Overview YAY. we have now climbed one Everest (plus a bit) in altitude, since we started the walk 10 days ago. We started climbing immediately. And stopped climbing 6 hrs later ! But it was a delightful day. The first 8km was on a tiny country road and went through a couple of very cute villages. But the road was steep. We stopped for a snack break at the end of the road before we started into a wooded area, where the climbing became VERY steep. The forest was nice but the track was pretty...

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Aug 29, 2017 - Day 9 GR10 Artigue to Fos

Day's Overview Had an early start as we knew it was going to be a long day. Headed off and saw the farmer and his dog herding the sheep. Carried on through a mixture of alpine farm lands and forest. Eventually had a quick drinkbstop at a shepherd's hut where much to our surprise another hiker appeared from behind. An English guy who we crossed paths with right up until lunchtime. When he disappeared out of sight. As we had our 2 hourly break further on we checked the route on the GPS (our 'au pair') as the English guy ahead seemed to be...

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Aug 28, 2017 - Day 8 GR10 Bagnères de Luchon to Artigue

Day's Overview A short day that splits up what would be a very long day. We had a leisurely start. After breakfast we went to the market and bought some carrots and apples. Then called in at the PO and supermarket on the way out of town. There is no food on the trail until tomorrow night so we had to buy dinner (to prepare tonight) and lunch for today and tomorrow = 2 heavy backpacks today. As usual it wasn't long before we were climbing. The extra weight in the packs was noticeable. Initially the trail went straight up the mountain and...

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Aug 27, 2017 - Day 7 GR10 Rest Day Bagnères de Luchon

Day's Overview A lovely sleep in then a nice breakfast in the gîte. It's our rest day. The gîte owner Russel let us use his washing machine. Brilliant. We did a jigsaw puzzle whilst waiting for the washing. Then into town to watch the fete of flowers parade. We thought there would be flowers everywhere but instead all the parade floats were decorated with flowers. 1000s of them! The streets were packed and we had great enjoyment from the floats. Those on the floats threw flowers at the crowds and we threw them back at the floats! Stopped...

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