​All Ready to Start the GR 20 on Corsica – September 2, 2017

Tomorrow we start the GR 20 on Corsica. The main route is 180 km (112 mi) and has 31,000 meters of elevation gain. That is a lot. The record is 31 hours. Most take 15 or 16 days. We have to fly out of Paris on September 21st. 

We got up early to catch the bus to Geneva airport where we got on an Easy Jet plane and flew to Corsica. Because of high winds the Calvi airport was closed. They flew us to Bastia and then bussed us to Calvi. From there we took a cab to Calenzana.

The start of the GR 20 was also closed today due to the high winds and fire danger. So there are LOTS more people starting tomorrow.  
We are camped at the Gite in Calenzana. There are over 30 tents here and more keep popping up. There is a kitchen here and we cooked lots of vegetables. I was so intent on eating that I forgot to take a picture. Onions, bell pepper, zuchini, carrots, potatoes, and hard boiled egg. We have been so deprived of vegetables. 

Our tents

It’s been fun to talk to the other hikers. I met a Belgian woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and the Te Araroa in 2015-16, the same year I did. This will be a social trail for sure.

More tents and room for even more

5 thoughts on “​All Ready to Start the GR 20 on Corsica – September 2, 2017

  1. JerryW

    Looking forward to this .. the GR20 is hard work and has some sticky bits, but nothing that a veteran of the HRP cannot manage 🙂


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