Day 39: Orsieres

Number of kilometres today: 21.3

Total kilometres walked from Canterbury: 1,021.6

Total steps since Canterbury:  1,447,663

It was steep and the paths were narrow barely lining the edge of the mountain.  Sometimes they were non-existent.  I climbed over rocks following painted yellow diamonds marking the way. I stepped carefully, wary of the tree roots that rose above the earth, of the loose gravel beneath my boots, of the steep inclines that could see me lose my footing or injure my knees.

Although I am scared of heights, I was never scared.  I laughed often and swore a bit too.. it was beautiful, like holy wow, where did my breath go.  It was challenging, taking 6.5 hours to walk 21 kilometres.  But I did it, by myself, and I found my own way.

Others said it was dangerous.  Even treacherous.  Unliked by many.

You can listen to the opinons of others but it is your own opinion and experience of a place, person, event or sitation that matters.

I am blessed. I am blessed. I am so, so blessed.  And if I am this blessed, then you are too.

I am also exhausted and ready for sleep. According to the guidebook, I ascended around 1.6 kilometres and descended 1.2 kilometres. It also took a lot of concentration to watch where I was stepping and how.

Tomorrow, is a short day, 15.1 kilometres to Bourg-Saint-Pierre.  The ascent only looks like it is around 800 metres based on altitude difference but it could be more.  And snow is forecast, tomorrow and Friday.  The cold and possibly slippery ice will probably be a challenge of its own but I will be one day closer to Great St Bernard Pass and halfway through my journey.

Le Bourg

Creek at the beginning of the woodlands

My first obstacle.  I couldn't wallk around it, to the right it drops away.  I couldn't pull it down and clear the path so there was only one thing to do...

pull off a few branches, take the Devil off my back and climb through it.

Narrow paths.  Autumn woods.

Steep path.

Sometimes there wer steps.

A steep drop but there is a chain.  

Climbed down there.  

There actually is a winding path there.

Rock climbing.

Some spectacular views

And it is Autumn.  I loved the colours of this leaf.

And then one hour and forty minutes later, the first section is over and I emerged into hilly vineyards in Bovernier.

Hillside sheep in Bovernier

Then back into the woodlands and more barriers.  At least this was easy to climb over.

Then the trail was replaced by moss covered rocks.

And rocky paths with steep drops

And I had to climb up a steep rocky ridge between the moutain and the motorway and I thought it was amusing.

Narrow path, steep drop.

Then I arrived into Sembrancher and got lost when I didn't understand the guidbook's directions.

I started singing Nevereding Story theme after I saw this cloud.  Reminded me of Falkor the Luckdragon.

Prayer flags are popular in Switzerland.

I loved this guy's horns.  Very cool.

This guy wasn't too sure about me.  He was snorting a bit.

Descending into Oriseres.