Near Col de Raus-Col du Razet
Daily Mileage: 23mi/37km
Approx Total Mileage: 388.4mi/625km
Campsite Elevation: 3386ft/1032m
It rained on and off through the night, so I was in and out of sleep all night. I was just glad the rain waited until the evening and it didn’t happen while I was walking. Everything was pretty dry with a nice breeze in the morning and the hiking was downright splendid.
It did make me think of the Pacific Crest Trail the way it cruised with such a gradual downhill and views of mountains distantly all around. I loved the overcast skies and cooler temps. This is my kind of hiking!
In the big picture, I’m a week ahead of schedule, so time isn’t an issue. What I haven’t mentioned that’s fun and wonderful, is that this whole summer I’ve known that my friend E (who hiked the Great Divide Trail in 2015 and Kings Canyon High Basin Route in 2016 with me, and hosted me in NZ this past year) would be out here doing the Walker’s Haute Route through Switzerland ending in Chamonix (where I will start the Haute Route). We’ve been keeping tabs on one another and are trying to land in Chamonix the same day(s). Just the fatefulness that we both are out here and able to cross paths is awesome to me. I won’t go into detail, but logistically, it’s been a bit tough to nail it just right as we both had to wait out weather fronts to be sure of our dates. It wasn’t until today that we knew for sure. Now that it is last minute and a weekend, timing isn’t ideal with the remaining options for me on many fronts, but it’s still going to work out for me to get to Chamonix and spend time with E, yay!
I still haven’t decided exactly what I’ll do to get to Chamonix, but I spent over an hour tonight researching all the combinations and permutations for all involved because I also want to spend time in Menton (where I’ll finish tomorrow) and nearby Nice while also fitting E’s hoped schedule for her remaining days in France. Have I mentioned I hate planning??
So back to today. I got to Sospel before 4pm and grabbed a first dinner of a sandwich and four (yes I ate all four!) pudding cups.I hiked out at 4pm and knew I wanted to get a couple hours closer to Menton to give me more time there tomorrow. It’s about 6hrs from Sospel to Menton for me. It was a wooded climb and I was dripping sweat with humid air.
I stopped at Col du Razet where the guidebook mentions a view of the Mediterranean. It’s a great spot for the final night! The view is obscured mostly by trees and bushes, but I can see Menton and the Mediterranean Sea! I’ll be there by lunch tomorrow!I got so distracted with researching the logistics that I forgot to take a picture of the tent, dang! I’ll try to remember in the morning. It’s been sprinkling lightly for the last hour. Again, I’m so glad it’s raining overnight instead of during the day. Tomorrow, the Mediterranean Sea!!!