Time to get back on its Path

It's been a while since the end of my journey and, although I never really stop, it's time to get back in gear, this time heading for the new year, and discovering new paths.

This time, I will walk in Sardinia, on the road to Santu Jacu. Unfortunately, having only a few days left, I'll follow just a sliver: from Macomer to Cabràs, in the former territory of the Giudicato of Arborea. I will walk for 5 days and I'll keep you updated, if you like, with some pictures and a few comments about the beauty of the trail.

Meanwhile, here's the itinerary that I will follow and the link to the official website of the Association Friends of the Camino de Santu Jacu, from which you can download descriptive, GPS tracks and everything you need to follow this path!

Accommodation Arles-Carcassonne

After several requests, I think it is useful to publish here the list with references of the places where I've updated along the way, in Arles-Carcassonne. Being a segment out of "walk" is not official welcome pilgrims, but of tourist facilities, with the exception of la Maison du Pèlerin de Saint-Gilles.

GPS tracks Lourdes-Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (path of Pyrenean Piedmont-GR78)

GPS tracks of the second stage of the journey of Pyrenean Piedmont (GR 78), from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, where the French way.

ATTENTION: when using the GPS you may not switch off your brain! Remember to always pay attention to what you are doing and where you put your feet. The best judge of the path to be followed must be your head, not GPS.

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GPS tracks Carcassonne-Lourdes (path of Pyrenean Piedmont-GR78)

GPS tracks of Pyrenean Piedmont Journey from Carcassonne in Lourdes (GR78).

ATTENTION: when using the GPS you may not switch off your brain! Remember to always pay attention to what you are doing and where you put your feet. The best judge of the path to be followed must be your head, not GPS.

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Look back and remember

These days I'm putting hand to gps tracks made during my walk. When I offered to fix it for a pilgrim, I imagined it as a task that I might like. It is actually much more than that.
Anyone who knows me knows that I work everyday on cards, tracks, maps, satellite photos and amenities maps varied, and this often puts me in a position to imagine in my mind's eye the ground I see drawn to the screen of your pc or on a paper "paper". This helps me a lot when I walk: understand that a number of airlines are a dune at the foot of which runs the path that I must follow is critical, if I don't want to end up splattered on a provincial. Follow, step by step, dot after dot, the steps taken two years ago is moving.
Because it is no longer imagine but to relive. Review and breathe the cornfields, ripe in the Sun, the water of large canals, straights as the eye can see, and blinding colours in the Sun and tormented by the rain, feel on the tongue the smell of fresh water, so different from that of seawater. Hear in your ears the screeching of Seagulls that I felt I was going to commit an indiscretion that could cost a lot more than a scare.
Review the white peaks of the mountains that are approaching more and more. The rock on which we did break with Roberto, eating chocolate, as our accompanying dog was waiting for us. The water of the Durance which greet you on a bridge at dawn, after having followed for so many days and crossed several times. Review the giant antenna Repeater that made us a benchmark for 3 days. Feel the warmth of the Sun beat me on the face just before attacking the climb towards Notre Dame du Laus and feel an urgency to get fresh water to a private housing. The reflection of the Lake Serreponçon with the sun still asleep there is reflected inside. The break banana wrought iron of a cemetery at the foot of the cross. The dreadful idea of crossing a Gorge passing on the pipes of a pipe for water and stinging nettles on her legs, once you get there. Taste like cherries, more good because educated people with my own hands. The smell of the Earth of rice paddies, the gray sand of "sabbioni". The warmth of the affection of those who welcomed me into her home. The joy of seeing my parents, sitting in a bar in Peyruis. The frustration of loneliness in Beziers, the great depression. The fear of truck approaching and the relief of the miracle. The direction of magpies that yelling at us while we trudge uphill with Roberto in the footsteps you crawl from the cows in the mud. And where are the cows? MAh! Lost in the Woods and other underwear coming out of a castle … good thing those I recovered, though! The warm and human places including didn't know existed: Argeliers, Homps, Marseillette. Gluten-free bread of Marseillette, so good! The coolness of the House of Georges and the affection of his family. The snails attached to the dry stems of grass in front of a church. The taste of the cheese with the laughing cow spread on a corn cake and topped off with a little magic dust with chili. My shoes greet in front of the Church of St.-Gilles.
Enough of dots on a screen to relive this? Sometimes it takes … Maybe because the places you see walking you are engraved in my soul as you do the little things I enjoy. I will always be grateful for this trip. All the time.

GPS Tracks Arles-Carcassonne

Here's the gps tracks of Arles-Carcassonne, following the Canal du Rhône à Sète and then the Canal du Midi from Agde up in Carcassonne. This is a shorter route than the Via Tolosana and more sheltered from the Sun and wind, created and opened by Flavio Vandoni in 2010 and made freely available, along with many other paths, on the website camminando.eu. The path is easy and quite flat, but no welcome pilgrims, so you need to get organized.

ATTENTION: when using the GPS you may not switch off your brain! Remember to always pay attention to what you are doing and where you put your feet. The best judge of the path to be followed must be your head, not GPS.

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GPS tracks Monginevro-Arles (GR 653D)

GPS tracks of Via Domitia (GR 653D), Monginevro in Arles.

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GPS Tracks Milano-Briançon

More and more people write to me for suggestions on how to follow the path that I described on this site two years ago. It will take me a while, but I think it is useful to provide the GPS tracks of my journey: some days I was wrong, others went off the GPS … In short, we have to work on, but then you will find them all here, ready to download. We start from the Italian side: from Milan to Briançon.

ATTENTION: when using the GPS you may not switch off your brain! Remember to always pay attention to what you are doing and where you put your feet. The best judge of the path to be followed must be your head, not GPS.

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Excursion: the two souls of Liguria

The next 31 July 2016, will lead an excursion to bind Four Seasons-nature and culture in the regional natural park of Beigua … those wishing to join is, as always, welcome!

Here you can find all the details

The Association's web site to register and get more information

About Liguria is not only beaches and busy, but also stunning scenery and wonderful natural riches. The excursion has a loop trail in the Park of Monte Beigua, discovering one of the most spectacular of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, which runs on the watershed between the Po Valley and the ligure directly overlooking the sea, offering a panorama that goes from the Apuan Alps at the Ligurian Alps.

Program-we will depart from Rifugio Pratorotondo, where is the information point Bruno B of the regional natural park of Beigua. Walking, we will reach the Refuge preserves the block field is famous for this area of the Park. We will discover slowly the two souls of Liguria: the green of the mountains and the blue of the sea.

What to bring: membership (to whom he will be made the moment at a charge of € 10 for a year), lunches, socks and hiking boots, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, batteries, daily backpack. Important water supply and suitable clothing to protect yourself from the Sun.
Local transport: own funds
Meals: lunch (not included)
Book until: Saturday, July 30, 13:00 at our Office at 324 8486608. Or by email at segreteria.milano@fsnc.it and awaiting confirmation.
Departure date: 7/31/2016
Difference in altitude: 580 m
Length: 10.40 km
Date: 1 hour 7:00-Milan, Viale Famagosta, taxi station at stop MM1
Date: 2 hours 9:30-Refuge Pratorotondo, Via Pratorotondo 2, Cogoleto

1st national day GAE: on the trail of hiker with the guides

The day began uncertain: the weather was ominous, but as always before a hike, I asked who's up there a bit of leniency and a look of sunshine to enjoy the experience. And I've been played!

In 27 indomitable, we found ourselves in Varenna, in front of the station, leaving in the direction of Bellano and Dervio, then tracking Orange Sentiero del Viandante. The youngest: a six-year, talented and curious. Most active: Davon, a labrador that has driven at least 4 times our distance.

A beautiful day to discover who are the environmental guides and what they do, in the beautiful setting of Lake Como, with its views and scenery the fruit of centuries of interaction between man and nature.

See you next and … Good Journey!

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