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Sep 27, 2017 - Beziers

Wed. 9/27/17 8 locks, 8 km. Brilliant blue sky all day. Moored in port of Bizieres, on free (south) side of canal opposite €20 per night side, old and new city to North. Walked up to 11th century church, site of 20,000 massacred Carthers in 1209, all in the name of God, according to Pope. That was the origin of quote, "Kill them all, God will know his own." Another fantastic meal on boat.

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Sep 26, 2017 - Colombieres

Tuesday 9/26/17 0 locks, 12 k. Blue sky and sun. Two neat old towns, great wine and olive tasting. Moored in marina next to three other Americans. Photos take too long to load, will catch up with pics when back in Carrabassett . The red dot on map is incorrect; I could not fix it.

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Sep 21, 2017 - Castelnaudary & Bram, et. al.

9/20/17 Wednesday We picked up the boat and got under way at about 3:00 pm on 9/20/17. After 14 locks, we set pins in the bank at about 6:30 pm, drank 2 rose' bottles, ate bread and meat and cheese previously purchased at Spar market in Castlenaudry for dinner next to a field of sunflowers, with views of snow in the Perrenes mountains. What's not to like about that? And previously the lunch in Castlenaudry was incredible at restaurant recommended by LeBoat people; we ate while boat was being preped. The first 4 locks were crowded, three...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Toulouse

Even getting into Montreal by 4:00pm had bad traffic dealing with construction. Parked car at hotel and took shuttle to airport. A very big airport. We boarded, flew, landed, bused to city (Tououlse) and had 3 hours to walk around prior to checkin at hotel opposite train station. Joe and Doris are due to arrive in town from London later today and connect . Tomorrow is an 8:15 am train to Castlenaudry. PS - Zena is still in Carrabassett Valley with a dog/house sitter, so the blog title is technically inaccurate for this excursion.

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Sep 12, 2017 - Day 23 GR10 Refuge de Besines to Refuge de Bouillouses

Day's Overview We said our goodbyes to Lesley and Roger and set off up the valley. It was damp and we crossed many streams as we climbed up the valley. We then popped over a ridge and there was a lovely little lake. And snow about in places. We crossed a flat boulder field then climbed a huge boulder field to get further up the the pass and finally over the top. The wind was blowing and it was pretty chilly. More lakes ahead. Sheltered next to a huge rock and had our morning snack. Up and over into the next Valley and we saw a herd of...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Day 22 GR10 Merens les Vals to Refuge Bésines

Day's Overview Had a late start and then did the usual climb up to the top of the Pass. Took a little over 4.5 hrs with some very steep sections but the path was always nice (often rocky) and the scenery lovely. Especially with the low clouds drifting through and changing what we could see. Stopped at some hot spring pools and dipped our hands in but as it was spitting with rain there was no incentive to immerse ourselves. And no desire to make our towels wet! Higher up we stopped for a snack then went over a ridge and there was a...

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Sep 9, 2017 - Day 20 GR10 Plateau de Beille to Refuge de Rulhe

Day's Overview A challenging Day. Our MOST challenging day to date. Left in Ok weather. Started to rain. At 2 hrs in a serious front came through and it started to lightly hail. As we climbed to over 2000m it turned to snow. We then climbed along a high mountain ridge for 4 hrs with steep drops either side and wind and snow. It was slippery and rocky and challenging to climb at times with tricky manoeuvres that required Ottley hand and foot holds. In fact it was mostly tricky! Especially when my fingers weren't feeling anything. I tried to...

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Sep 8, 2017 - Day 19 GR10 Auzat to Plateau de Beille Nordic village

Day's Overview A mixture of walking and taxi today. This was to cover the distance we need to go to get to the next accommodation. Taxi driver collected us and kept us amused with bear stories etc as he drove us the 45min up a narrow mountain road to drop off point, Pont de Coudène. We then steadily climbed up steeply for the next 1.5hrs through forest with the occasional views of wonderful high mountain scenery. Eventually came out onto a Plateau with grazing sheep and horses. Sat by a Shepard hut for about an hour having a snack,...

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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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