one day at a time…
Wednesday, 25 August 2004

Col And Marmot From The Pyrénées
CREDIT: © Andrew Leaney/Leaney.org
WHERE: France. WHAT: center section of the Grande Randonnée GR10.
MAP: Gourette-Luchon + source page stages. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.

Col d'Ilheou on GR10 © Andrew LeaneyIn this, and the following day's item, we are going to catch up with a couple of redoubtable British walkers. Andrew Leaney headed for the French Pyrénées mountains, we guess inspired by Lance Armstrong's Tour de France stage victories a few weeks previously. Even Lance would be hard pushed to ride his bicycle over some of the country that Andrew walked across, though as commentator Bob Roll says, "Never tell Lance that something is impossible!"

In almost two full weeks of walking, the Exodus trekking group travelled from Gourette to Luchon. Andrew has uploaded the first six [1][2][3][4][5][6] days of thirteen. Our featured picture comes from Day Three, and shows the view eastwards from the Col d'Ilheou. When you visit that page, you will see Andrew's creative use of available resources to capture a picture of a marmot. Lots of treats for lovers of mountain scenery to enjoy. We are consumed with envy. If you want more, John Scholefield walked the full length of the GR10, and for those contemplating such heroics, Eric Fèvre [1] and Richard van Egdom [2] offer advice.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)