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- 10 april 2009 -
Soaked to the bone

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Summary: in search of bm085, how to access it from the GR10-trail, finding bm086, looking in vain for bm087 and finishing in heavy rain.
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According to my watch:
duration: ± 6.30uur,  up 729m, down 1585, total elevation: 2314.
From starting altitude: highest point 343m, lowest point -50m.

According to visugpx
- distance : 17.13 km
- cum. elevation gain : 713 m
- cum. elevation loss : 722 m
- total elevation:  1435

- altitude maxi : 481 m
- altitude mini : 114 m
- altitude average : 225 m
We started ± 10.00,  after a night with remarkably  soft temperatures, following the road to Bidarray for a while and then taking a road higher up (south of the river Bastan) which leads back to the border.

To the end of it, it descends and it passes a littered farm with pigs hanging  around and crosses a bridge.  Shortly after the bridge, there's a house and a bit further there's a path to the right going down to a barn and then over a little bridge (see picture), crossing a second river.
Then, following the path and taking a branch to the right along the river, you will reach the little stream coming from above and flowing into the Bastan-river. This stream is the border coming from high above at bm084.

In the northt-east-corner of this confluence, we find

We continue with a reconnaissance of a short-cut from approx.  bm085 to the GR10-trail.
First, from bm085, back to the main path and following it to the east.  The path ends at a country road which leads to the east to a farm further on and via its gate and farmyard directly to the tarmac road with the GR10-trail.
However,  you'll need to cross the farmyard.  Perhaps there's a right of way. There were other tourists, passing it while asking directions to  the farmer.

NB: on 20120825 there's a sign at the (former) farm allowing pedestrians to cross the farmyard.
The friendly farmer didn't give a clear answer to our question if it was allowed in general to cross his farmyard.  But he did make clear that he was afraid that passers-by would leave the gates open.

However there's a poorly maintained footpath leading underneath the farm to the tarmac road. There's a well visible start of it from the country road before (west of) the farm. Well after (east of) the farm it ends at the tarmac road but you'll have  to tackle a fence there.
You might as well climb - shortly after (east of)  the farm - directly from the track to the tarmac road or vice-versa.

NB: on 20120825 there's a sign at the (former) farm allowing pedestrians to cross the farmyard. But you don't need to do this, higher-up there's a shortcut from bm084 to bm085 which I tried on that day.
We walk back on the same roads/paths.
 On this picture you see the spot where a path descends to a barn as mentioned earlier. You can see the river Bastan below, somewhere there at its bank we found bm085.
We passed once again that littered farm with on the other side of the road this peculiar shed for the pigs.
Looking back .

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We walk back a short while  in the direction of Bidarray and then take  a country road to the right leading uphill, back to the border.

In a  meadow left of the country road, I find


There should be a unnumbered cross nearby but there's no trace of it.

The search for bm087 is fruitless.
Meanwhile it has started to rain heavily and that's why we stop.
We walk to Bidarray. The gîte d'étappe is full and we end up in a hotel, soaked to our bones.
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