January 12, 2015

Another exploratory walk

We had another lovely day today (but it won’t last, he said, pessimistically…) and having had a good flight yesterday, I thought that I’d explore some more of the trails near my house on foot again. Wim often parks down the bottom of the hill near Plazac, at the Camping du Lac, and walks up to my house using the trails that I’d like to explore in my 4 x 4, as I did a few days ago. He suggested that before I try it, I should walk the route on foot, because he didn’t think that it was really suitable for my car.

So that’s what I decided to do this afternoon, taking some photographs as I went. Sure enough, Wim was right but not because the trail was impassable as evidenced by the tyre marks and wheel tracks that were on it. The reason was that compared to the trails I drove last time, much of the route I walked today was more overgrown with lots of branches and vegetation encroaching onto the trail itself.

Obviously the hunters who use it don’t worry to much about that because for the most part, they use beaten up old trucks and jeeps. However, the Kia is my ‘daily ride’ and if I drove it on the trails that I walked today, it would soon end up covered with scratches. The bright spot, though, was that half-way down the hill on the rough track that eventually joins the dirt road leading to the Camping du Lac, I came across a larger track that leads all the way up to Le Bos de Plazac, just up the lane from where I live. That I’m pretty sure will be OK over its whole length and the way I’ll check that out will be to do the drive down from Le Bos without walking it first.

It was a perfect day for walking and perfect also for taking pictures. Here are a few that I came back with.

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I took the next shot on the track that was too overgrown for driving the Kia on, although at this spot it doesn’t look as though it is.

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The next shot was taken looking back the way I’d come on the dirt road leading up from the Camping du Lac, which was behind me as I was standing, but some way away.

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A bit further along, I passed a house that had this ancient ruined building on its land.

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Eventually I came to the Camping du Lac which is on the road from Plazac to Thonac. I then had to make the long climb back up the hill walking on the road to get back home again and I took a few more shots as I went to give an idea of what it’s like in the area around where I live.

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I spotted this lady with her brood around her, looking rather concerned as I took a picture of her and her little family. Unfortunately, as this is France, I suspect that most, if not all of them, will end up in the pot eventually.

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This shot was taken from the lane that my house is on, looking west towards Rouffignac.

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This final shot was taken from more or less the same position as the last one, but from the other side of the road looking south-east. The owner of the field from which I first flew 56NE after re-assembling it lives in a house in that group of buildings.

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The worst part of the whole walk was the long climb back up on the road from the Camping du Lac, which quite frankly, I found quite exhausting. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and made a mental note to do more walking this year.

Tomorrow is forecast to be dry again with a high expected of around 13 degrees Celsius. That’ll be three dry days on the trot and as that’s probably the best that I can expect for this time of the year, I think that I’ll have a go at fixing my new wood-store’s roof. If I can do that and stop the rain dripping in at least I’ll then be able to cross one of my problems off my To-Do list 😉