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Blog: Walking across Slovakia: Day 3

No tents, no sleeping rough, two teenagers and two adults, 900km, 4 rucksacks and some maps, a lot of maps: this is going to be fun.

(Source: John Nicholson)

We got the train back to Pezinok and taxi to the top of the hill. And at exactly 7:00, we are getting better, we set off, again. Trying to beat the heat.

Today we drifted to the east side of the Malé Karpaty (still the Small Carpathian Mountains), then tomorrow back to the west side. But this is a walk not a race – if we wanted to get anywhere quickly we would have taken a car.

It won’t surprise you to here that it was still hot and we saw lots of trees. Don’t get me wrong – the trees are beautiful. The views stunning – but if you don’t like forest walks this one is probably not for you.

We climbed Vysoká and then some of us climbed the observation tower at the top. Not I of course, I wanted to keep an accurate record of meters climbed. Not a thing to do with a fear of heights! The views were quite breath taking, even from below the watch tower. There is no doubt, trees are prettier from above.

Down to Sološnica and bus back for our final night in Bratislava. While this back and forward commuting added to the length of the day it seemed sensible especially as there is more choice of accommodation. More restaurants and less to carry.

Tomorrow we sleep somewhere else. Unfortunately.

Distance Walked: 20km (74km total)
Meters Climbed: 682m (2,509m total)
Walking Time: 6:56 (22:51 total)

Start Point: Pezinská Baba, 503 crossing
End Point: Sološnica, village square
Via: all in the forest – no refreshments

General Comment
Actually: Day 3 was postponed as temperatures reached 38 degrees Celsius – too hot to do anything.
A view. We were spoiled.
Galdhopiggen – 2,469m the highest mountain in Norway. Another one bites the dust.

By John Nicholson

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