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- monday 16 march 2009 -
Sleeping next to the chapel

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Part of a 5-days trip to the eastern Pyrenees.

Day 1: no bordermarkers, just a reconnaissance of a possible access to bm542

 

 


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According to visugpx
- distance : 10.15 km
- cum. elevation gain : 388 m
- cum. elevation loss : 221 m
- total elevation: 609 m

- altitude maxi : 547 m
- altitude mini : 233 m
- altitude average : 387 m
It's 2 hours walking  from Albanya to the chapel of Saint Bartomeu.  I got to Albanya from Figueres with a taxi after an early flight from Eindhoven to Girona.

In this  deserted area  there are many hiking and mountainbike trails.


After climbing a coll there's the final descent.

This picture shows to the left the valley of the stream - Rio Mayor - where  upstream bm542 is located.
The branch of the road leading to the river Muga  - just before you reach the path to the chapel - takes you to a sort of refuge (closed now).  Last year and in 2007 there was a chain, blocking the road.
After passing the Muga, the road crosses the Rio Mayor.

This picture: looking upstream the Rio Mayor.  Access to bm542 seems possible  along the stream.

And camping next to the chapel under the stars. It's a beautiful, lonely and spiritual place.
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