"La vie n'est pas un problème à résoudre, mais une expérience à vivre"
Laurent de Wilde - Les Fous du Son, d'Edison à nos jours (éditions Grasset)
While designing a day-long hike with my best friend Bernie in the Gorges de la Dordogne, trying to keep the loop-route to a reasonable distance we came across three non-existent sections.
The first one we could have actually added a kilometer to stay on the path, that one finally got changed in the GPX here under. The steep descent amid a moss-covered forest section and back up again was an adventure in itself, using caution to avoid stepping on the numerous decomposing tree logs that would have crumbled under our feet and sent us to the bottom.
The second one was a stream crossing from the main forest track to an ancient mine and its access path climbing out of the valley again. Shallow waters in the midst of summer make it a safe option.
The third, a long and potentially steep descent in bushy woodland was not necessary as an actual forest-maintenance path exists in the real world, but not on any map, be it the official French IGN or Open Street Maps.
Having enjoyed a well-deserved refreshing beer, then came the time to edit Open Street Maps and add the third section.
The path now exists "officially" and the full GPX tour here under can be walked safely. Enjoy
,in winter, ski-touring dawn-partrol reveals the magic of a waking mountain, in summer the extreme heat of southern France urges for very early morning rides.
Long sunrise tour of some famous wine villages shredding the forest paths and indulging the views of a waking Ventoux through Seguret, Vaison-la-Romaine, Rasteau, Cairanne and the hills around.
Heading off on a ski touring "dawn patrol" before sunrise allows one to witness the magic of the end of night and the promess of a new day as well as being overwhelmed by the mind blowing colors and contratst in the sky while having the space all for oneself, indulging the calm and the vanishing night wildlife (a fox trotting on the ridge of a snowy hill that morning).
Goal for 2022!
4 day Hike with Bernie
Alt-J, Awseome Wave
An Pierlé, Strange Days
Asaf Avidan, Different Pulses
Drake, Nothing was the same
Eric Clapton, Old Sock
Goldfrapp, Tales Of Us
London Grammar, If you Wait
Valerie June, Pushing Against A Stone
Woodkid, The Golden Age