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GR11 Day 3 Tidying Up

GR11 Day 3 Tidying Up


Caseria Gorra - picnic site just beyond farm - Old oak tree just above picnic site on route to Elizondo.

During the night there was a spectacular thunderstorm, the tent was illuminated with bright flashes and thunder rolled across the sky's bouncing between the mountains. We had camped under a tree not the best position to be in. Trees are tall so lighting hits them and runs through the ground frying everything near, I read 25 sheep had been barbecued under a tree last year, no mint sauce or charcoal was present. Thankfully we didn't meet the same fate, as I'm not sure how tasty we would have been.

Surprisingly we could move legs and managed to hobble our way through the day. Passing through lovely beech forests, the ups were not to bad and it was still very cool and misty so no overheating issues. We had our spare emergency water in hand which added a weight to the pack but gave us the opportunity to have a short day when we found a nice wild camp spot under an oak tree.

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I spent the afternoon organising, or as Jac likes to say, moving my pile of shit around. I prefer to call it bespoke packing (or shove it all in, sit on it and hope for the best).

It was a dreary day and we were feeling weary. So generally we lazed around in the mist and took it easy.

Things I have learnt:

Never pack your tooth brush in the same bag as the deet mosquito repellent as you may get more than a minty fresh breath when you come to use it the next day. Also be careful which wet wipes you use that may have also come in contact with deet. As you may get quite a surprising tingle down below!

GR11 Day 4 Stupendous Views

GR11 Day 4 Stupendous Views

GR11 Day 2 In Search of Water

GR11 Day 2 In Search of Water