Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Thursday 21 August 2008 - An Italian Border Route (IBR) - Day 58 - A Sunny Day in the Alps

Plan: Day 58 - The journey home

Actual: And so it was, with sunny views over hillsides planted with vines, past snow capped mountains, a large looking moon peeking over a rocky summit, the train sped along beside airports and motorways on its way past Lake Geneva to the airport.

Here's a message we sent from the train.

So, here are the final statistics:

Cumulative distance (planned in brackets):
860 km (802), 61000 metres ascent (60300), 300 hours (roughly!) walking (327).

No of summits visited: 11

No of cols or passes visited: 86

Highest point: Rocciamelone - 3528 metres

Hours waterproofs worn: 4

No of English encountered whilst walking: 11 from Ramblers Holidays doing the Tour of Monte Rosa (15 not walking)

All our memory cards are full (hence the lack of a 'postcard image' today, Sue's boots have been binned, we are satiated with mountain air and acclimatised to 3000 metres.

So painting the house should be a breeze.

We are home....

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Alan Sloman said...

Welcome back, you leathery walkery strangers

AktoMan said...

What an achievement! Welcome back to Blighty.

Lighthiker said...

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measuere your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out. He is the richest man who pays the largest debt to his shoemaker."

Welcome back and congratulations!
Roman - Lighthiker

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue and Martin.

How you are going to get back used to everyday life? This is the only thing I am not envious!

If one day you will start again walking east and you want some help or advice I will be happy to hear from you again.



Phreerunner said...

Thank you everyone.
As you can see, a short break from blogging to get organised at home has been necessary, but soon 'postcards' will be added for each day, and there will be a few further entries re kit and various other things including thanking all those helpful people who made our trip so much more pleasurable. That includes you, Enrico - it would have been great to spend more time with you - all the other people who gave us help/lifts, and of course Roman for your encouraging messages and offers of advice.
Keep your eyes on the blog, though obviously we can't - though we would like to - continue in the vein of the last two months for a little while!
All best wishes
Martin and Sue

Daryl May said...

Welcome back, you guys! I see you climbed about 190,000 ft., which is quite, err, staggering. Thanks for posting pics and text, great reading.