Trekking the Alta Via Dei Monti Liguri – Day 3

Ascent – 754m. Distance – 31.2km

Woke to a cool misty start. I hate packing away wet camping gear! Short steep ascent to a viewless summit basking in clouds so quickly shuffled on. Big descent (after all that effort getting up here) through humblingly evocative beech woods (appreciated even more today).

Image – passage of Beech. G9 with Leica 12-60mm

Then into the pines.

Image – amongst the pines. G9 with Leica 12-60mm

before coming out into the open alongside and undulating along for some time. Scenery to amaze and enjoy.

Image – looking down. G9 with Leica 12-60mm

Sun came out so washed (probably starting to hum a bit) and dried kit. And discovered a new favourite trail food. Recipe – take one soft tortilla (wholemeal organic) and smother one half in peanut butter (crunchy). Add hazelnut chocolate pieces. Fold in half. Devour like a ravenous beast! Boy does it set you up for the next stage!

Image – top trail tucker (before folding). iPhone

Peeked my head round the door of an abandoned shed and saw a large beautiful house for sale for €25k (there are so many unloved in and for sale).

Image – work surface. G9 with Leica 12-60mm

Then the thunder started. First behind them all around. Not like UK thunder this. Deafening. Over a minute long at times. AND LOUD. With it rain, though not heavy. The trees cocooned me and I felt safe and privileged.

After a long last hour – my own fault for dawdling with the camera and going the wrong way and having to backtrack -(maybe my wife and Mum are right when they say I daydream as the track has markers in line of site almost constantly!) the advertised shelter is a welcome relief as cooling off towards the end. It even has an alter and nesting swallows to keep me company. No need to even put up the tent. Luxury.

Image – My home for the night. A shelter complete with open fire, nesting swallows and alter. iPhone

Just finished at the foot hospital – tending blisters and aches. Thanks be for Compeed second skins. Soon I will have covered my feet entirely in them!!!

I lie in bed listening to the swallows arguing as a cuckoos voice echoes across the valley.

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