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A typical flight on the first day

Coming home

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That’s it, adventure over. So many thanks to Judith Mole for all her help with the end of this trip.
We will update the blog with more info when we get home.
From both of us, thanks for reading this blog.
DEAN & STEVE

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We’ve made it!

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After 18 days of hiking & flying from the Atlantic towards the east, we have finally arrived at the Mediterranean. We’d both like to thank everyone who has helped us make this happen. Its been tough, but we hope this may inspire others to undertake similar challenges with a lightweight paraglider on their back.

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47 km to go!

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Decided not to try and fly with SE wind and few launch possibilities. Instead making our way east on foot on paths and tarmac (even some old Roman roads).
Stopped in Castellfollit de la Roca to meet fellow pilot Judith Mole. We had lunch and got great local information, as Judith lives in the town. We are so grateful as we are now headed east to the coast with clear direction and full stomachs.
We will push as far as we can till dark.

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The view from our refuge

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Well wednesday was a big disappointment, we were in position having climbed up 1500m on the Serra de Cadi. Unfortunately when we arrived before midday there was no thermal activity and despite waiting till 1430, it never improved. The cloud cover filled in quickly and there was nill wind….at 2500m! We started to walk along the top of the ridge, thinking if it improved we could fly. It didn’t. Having spotted a refuge on the map we headed for that. We did get a short down flight in nill wind to lose height getting to the refuge. All in all, not the day we expected, both of really disappointed not to have flown this magnificent ridge. We are still at 2100m and hoping tomorrow is flyable. If not, we plan to fly a top to bottom then back to pounding the roads. We just need one good flyable day…..

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Another day, another long walk

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We are sat in a restaurant, truly in the middle of nowhere (at the bottom of the Serra de Cadi ridge). We have have been walking all day to try to position ourselves to fly tomorrow (weather allowing). The last few days have been tough, as we are consuming far more calories than we can feed ourselves with. However, we are currently eating s huge plate of macaroni. Big 1000m climb to launch in the early morning….

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Divine Inspiration

After yet another day of hard walking, mainly on twisty hairpined tarmac. Eventually arriving in the small village of Noves de Segre; which had a bar and it was open :) We ate and drank like Kings, until we were stuffed full. The bill after this refuelling feast was 15 euros each. Last night we slept in the open air of a small church garden. It had great facilities; its own fountain, a rubbish bin and a view of the mountains that we are headed for. Winds appear to have dropped slightly, so today is about us getting in a good position for tomorrow.

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Kit list

A couple of people have asked about the equipment we are carrying on this trip:

Nova Ion 2 light (s)
Nervures Fusion harness
Sup air light reserve
Lightweight helmet
Vario/gps
Garmin 62 gps with topo mapping
Goal zero solar charger (shared)
Paper maps
Camera
Yaesu vx3 radio
Spot 2 trackers
Platypus water containers (3 ltr)
Balaclava
Flying gloves
Liner gloves
Backup mini vario
Sunglasses
Pacer poles (Carbon)
Xped ultralight dry bags
Rucksack rain cover
Lightweight down sleeping bag
Lightweight bivi
Thermarest Neo air xlite (short)
MLD Trailstar tarp
Cap
Buff
Tech t-shirt
Zip off trouser (lightweight)
100 weight fleece
Lightweight down gillet
Lightweight Goretex jacket
Lightweight Goretex overtrousers
Injinji liner sock (2 pr)
Outer sock (2 pr)
Under pants (2 pr)
Craft tights (double as a towel)
INOV8 Roclite running shoes
Small first aid kit (shared)
Mobile phone
Water micropore tablets
Washing solution for clothes
PG repair kit (shared)
Mini Swiss Army knife (shared)
Sunscreen
Spare lithium batteries
Spare camera battery
Suunto Core watch
Compeed foot repair kit

Total all up bag weight approx 16 kgs, but add up to 3 kg water and 1kg of food and the real weight is more like 20kgs on average.

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Refueling

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Just stopped for breakfast in Senterada for breakfast. The host speaks english and has the biggest croissants I have ever seen. Another cold night, followed by another windy day; again unlikely we will fly. So we are concentrating on getting into a good position on the Serra de Cadi ridge.

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Long, long day……

After leaving Castejon this morning at 0730 (we slept in a field just out of town) we have concentrated on making progress on foot – on tarmac!
We have travelled about 53km, ending up in a small village called Xerallo; which seems to be part of some sort of factory (its dark so we are not sure). We arrived at 2130, to find there is no bar or restaurant. Just as we were consigned to day old bread and sausage, we stumbled on the factory social club where have blagged a bacon roll, pasta and an ice cream.
Once we’ve finished here we spotted a football field which will give us a super flat place to pitch the shelter.
We have been checking forecasts and there is hope for us Tuesday onwards.

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The ups and downs of hike & fly

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Arrived in Castejon de sos (well-known paragliding site) smiling and happy as we knew there would be pilots here who could give us accurate forecasts for the coming days. Unfortunately, a local paragliding school with access to the weather info has dashed our hopes by telling us that the strong northerly winds will continue for at least the next 4 days! This will mean there is no hope of flying and we are so weary of walking. We are trying to come to terms with this reality in one of the local bars, having so far consumed 2 strong coffees and 7 cakes each. We are consulting our maps for our next move.

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