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Corsica - Day 2

I woke up early. The bus driver seemed related to the one I had in Iceland. He at least drove just as dangerously. I had literally been nauseous the entire 3,5 hour drive but we made it to Porto Vecchio alive. The landscape seemed a mix between France and Spain. In Porto Vecchio it was 28 degrees. As it had been freezing in the Netherlands that was quite a change. To be on the safe side I bought an extra water bottle so I could carry more while hiking.

Porto Vechio

Porto Vechio

Porto Vechio

Porto Vecchio
 

After 1,5 hours the bus to Saint Lucie arrived, from where it was a 6 km walk to the start of the GR20 route in Conca. It was very warm but there were plenty of streams. The route itself went straight uphill. It was still doable, but because of all the loose rocks and the heat I was sweating like crazy. After an hour it was 5 o'clock and I called it a day, it would be wise to take a rest after the past two days. The problem was that there were no bare spots to pitch my tent, let alone flat ones.

start of the GR20

The start (or end) of the route

gr20 hike

The route went straight up hill over loose rocks
 

Along the way I saw two mountain goats and half an hour later a semi-flat piece of ground. I ate before pitching my tent in case someone would walk by. With the heat I was more in the mood for ice than rice. I also discovered I had no cell phone reception. There was no snow insight, except far away on a mountain top. I started to get seriously sunburned. I had considered bringing sunscreen, but as the weather predictions were sub-20 degrees temperatures and potentially snow it hadn't seemed necessary. Apparently those predictions weren't fully accurate. It was quite Bram-ish that I had been worried about my snowshoes and was now in need of sunscreen.

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View towards the sea

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The next part of the route

camping along the gr20

My camp for the night
 

I hoped I wouldn't be walking too fast, because then I would have too much time left before my flight left. The landscape had been very pretty thus far, but also a bit monotonous. I tried to prioritize resting properly to try to get more into the hiking ritm.

N 41°45’35,1”

W 009°18’37,5” 

Distance walked: 10,8 km