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    Uphills are still ... UP, June 30, 2011

    Stage 1, R161 (Monaco à Peillon) - did part of this yesterday. 6.88 miles, 2,512’ up, 1,446’ down

    Stage 2, R160 (Peillon à Sospel) -did this from Peille today.  11.84 miles, 3,988’ up, 4,070’ down

    Go to this map and hover over the triangles to see where the stage we just completed is relative to the entire trail.  (The stage beginning and end locations are probably backwards, as we are doing the trail in the opposite direction.)

    More trail walking today, steeper up and down than I had expected.  Long day (9 hours, including breaks). Thankful for Dr. Marrouche (couldn't do any of this without the ablation), Bob (coach, patient guide and beast of burden), Black Diamond (really appreciate the trekking poles and comfortable backpack) and CARMA Center (for hosting and posting the blogs).

    Ever-changing habitats as we move higher into the Maritime Alps. Still a lot of humidity/haze (therefore few good pictures; also having technical difficulties getting the pics into the iPad). Cactus yesterday; beautiful wildflowers today and jungle-like undergrowth (at some points had to whack our way through the foliage to stay on the trail) and sometimes dry rocky exposed areas.

    Ended up in the town of Sospel today. Quaint colorful town along the banks of a river. Medieval buildings and streets (i.e., small alleys that only pedestrians and motorcycles can get through).

    Long steep day tomorrow (over 6,000' up, if I can make it the whole way). Need to get to sleep.

    Food report: Breakfast at B&B was so good - creamy yoghurt, perfectly boiled eggs and all the great starch products one could want. Dinner at a local restaurant was lapin (rabbit) and tagliatelle.

    Sospel Bridge 
    Medieval bridge in Sospel
    Hanging village of Peille
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