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- friday 21 july 2017 -
Arriving in the Basque country, redoing bm060-064 and 072

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Summary: part of 13 day-trips in the Pyrenees, covering various targets from the Basque country up to Llivia.

Today: main target is to explore a shortcut between bm061 and 062. And being there anyway, I revisit the other bm's between 60 and 64. In the evening a visit to bm072.

Weather: cloudy
Trip 1 Bm060-064

(click to open this trip in Google Earth or copy link to Google Maps; click right on this link to download gpx-version). The gps-track has not been manually  corrected which explains the inaccuracy and misalignment at some points. For cartographic backgrounds: see the cartography-page

According to Google Earth: 11,7km (including relocating with the car), max-height 142m, min-height 56m, elevation: +387m -419m
Start 13:40 Finish 15:53

In a two days drive arriving in the Pyrenees with a stop at camping Venise Verte.

A reconnaissance from the borderpass with Venta Berrouetof and bm061 to see if there's shorter route from bm61 to bm062 in stead of following the detour of the GR10.
I notice that the straight road from bm61 to 60 passes a house
on a "chemin privé".

In 2009 it seemed a public road or path in its entire length.

There might be an alternative: the GR10-trail but that means a detour.
Beyond the house, the road continues as a dirtroad.

Later on, I will check the dirtroad from the other side.
Bit first I try a new shortcut from bm061 to bm062

I descend from bm061 over the road into Spain.
After 300m, turn left on this branch

which leads to a restaurant.

Don't go that far. About here leave the road to enter the forest on a small trail which brings

to this point. Go straight on and the trail bends back and climbs uphill. You could also try the slippery ascent to the lefst as a shortcut.
The trail arrives here.,
bringing me to bm062

If you continue, you will reach the road which will lead you to bm063

I return to bm061.

Conclusion: this is a better alternative.

Let's summarize.

This is the old route: from bm061 following the GR10 and making a short detour (variant) to bm062

This is the new one.

No more a variant needed for bm062, there's one route.

Interesting, this map (IGN France)  shows another trail (in the blue circle), worthwhile trying.
The new route on Google Earth
Then I drive E to 'do' bm063 and bm064 as well.

Why? I'd like to visit  and photograph all the markers at least twice.
I continue on the dirtroad
A view ahead,
zooming in
to a part of the border where crossing of a stream and the climb uphill might be a problem.

Tomorrow I will learn that there is indeed a problem and that I have to divert the GRPdesBF-route.
I finish by driving to bm60

I walk up the straight and climbing dirtroad towards bm61.

Along the dirtroad there are no 'private road´-signs,
not even when I approach the house near bm61.

Thus: one can assume that this road is a public road/path and I can keep it incorporated in the GRPdesBF.
I drive to Dantxarria to pitch my tent at the camping where
Jan-Willem Doomen and I stayed in 2009 in slightly more uncomfortable situation.
Trip 2

Short stroll in the evening to bm072.

(click to open this trip in Google Earth or copy link to Google Maps; click right on this link to download gpx-version

According to Google Earth: 2,2km,
Start 18:13 Finish 19:15
Approaching the bridge
over the borderstream.

A plaque marks the border
on both sides.
The old customs office at the French side.
Then to Venta Panta
with bm072

I notice that the steep meadows up to bm071 are now sturdy fenced and used as horse-meadows.
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