My experiences with thru-hiking

The Grand Ballon

Posted in Hiking GR5, 1500 miles across Europe by onefootatatime on July 11, 2009


Jun 28 2009

June 28 2009

The highest point on the Vosges is called the Grand Ballon, and I was a little nervous about walking up there. It wasn’t all that bad, and when I finally got there, I realized why. It’s a tourist spot, so there were hordes of people, and like all tourist destinations, there’s a bus that takes you up there. So there’s me walking up a trail to the top, and I can see people in buses going up.

After coming down, I decided to stop at a ferme-auberge to get lunch. A ferme-auberge is a restaurant run by a farm, so everything that’s served at the restaurant comes from the farm. Not the drinks, I guess. I felt good supporting local business.

The climb to the top took me three hours, and it took me another five hours to get to Thann, where I managed to find a gite d’etape. After my shower, I bumped into Ruth. We sat down and compared notes.

It’s nice having someone to talk to on the trail.



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