The more alert amongst you may have realised that we are about to embark on the southern section of European Walking Route E5, which runs for 3200km from Pointe du Raz in France to Verona.
The map shows our own planned route, subject to a few diversions, which we are walking in the ‘wrong direction’, ie from south to north, in order to avoid the late snow in the Austrian Alps and obviate the need to carry ice axes and crampons, as they would struggle to fit into Sue’s bum bag. We will be walking around 540 to 600 km in total, over about 37 days, including some rest days. Sue still can’t carry a rucksack, so it’s on a B&B basis.
Gillian, you may recognise the map – it’s from your excellent guide book, which we will attempt to negotiate backwards, starting at page 152! The book has already proved invaluable in planning our itinerary, which includes a side trip into the Lechtalalps.
This promises to be a fine trip through a wide variety of Alpine scenery and habitats. We hope you’ll enjoy the Postcards from the comfort of your armchairs.