The Pyrenean Traverse, Day 27: A beasty day

Around 8:30 am we take a seat at the breakfast table of "Le Petit Bonheur de Siguer". The offer made by the manager of this "bar-épicerie" yesterday was way too tempting. We get farm-fresh croissants and chocolate rolls with a whole pack of Swedish sandwiches, on which we can spread butter, jam and honey to…

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The Pyrenean Traverse, Day 26

Before we set off we stuff our backpacks with all the things we find in the local grocery shop. I overhear a chubby middle-aged lady complaining to her friend about the weather. From the local dialect I think I can derive the word "orages", which means "thunderstorms". So I ask her if it will storm…

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The Pyrenean Traverse, Day 25: The Bassiès mountains

Ice-cold white snowflakes fall on my hands as I zip open the tent in the morning. "Is it snowing?", I ask Wim in disbelief. I get an incomprehensible answer. Wim always needs a bit more time to fully wake up. The first signs of life usually only appear by the smell of coffee. I crawl…

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The Pyrenean Traverse, Day 23: Top-level sport

Last night the temperature dropped to 2 degrees Celsius, but we did not feel cold in our sleeping bags. In the morning I make delicious coffee on our stove, while Wim still rubs the sleep out of his eyes. When the coffee is ready, Wim attacks some chocolate wafers for breakfast. He eats six of…

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