Posted by: Richard | July 19, 2009

Day 28: To Nice…We’re done

July 13: After the heat of the walk, Lynn and I discussed that we couldn’t walk in the midday heat, as such, we left at 6.20am to get out of the heat.  This was very very smart.

Today was a short day, with one uphill and then a long descent into Nice.  We climbed the hill and I was reminded of Africa for the next hour.  The smell of the sun rising, the dirt, the city ahead filled all my senses.  On our final climb, with Sigor Ros on the iPod, I got a bit teary at what Lynn and I had done.  We had battled through a lot of pain to get here and I was so happy we had a lovely sunrise and the cool of the morning to finish this walk in.

Before we knew it, we were descending into the suburbs of Nice.  Lynn had found a map of Nice, which made life a heck of a lot easier.  We walked with Monday morning rush hour into Place Alexander Medecin, the ‘technical’ end of the GR5, but for us, the end was the sea. 

We stopped for a coffee and bought some fruit and yogurt.  We were stinky and we didn’t feel good about how bad we smelled in lovely Nice.

We got onto the road that would lead us to the sea and walked down, past the hotel we had booked and finally reached the sea.  It was a bit anti-climatic.  We had been basically alone for 5 weeks and here we were sharing a very personal achievement with promenade full of thousands of tourists.  We took a few snaps and then walked back to our hotel and checked in.

What a hell of a trip, 5 weeks and almost 700kms.  Watching the tour de France today going through where we walked, I think I will be amazed by our photos of what we saw.  While the trip went slowly at the start, it picked up pace near the end as we got tired, sore, injured and really just wanted to finish the trip.  I am proud that Lynn and I, with no real training, gritted our teeth and did this amazing walk through one of the most beautiful places in the world….We are very lucky to have the opportunity to do this.

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