Walking across Slovakia: Day 15

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)

200 miles! It is important to celebrate little things.

Another day in the trees. But nice trees and good views when they open up as the walk generally follows the ridge. Still too hot for any wildlife, I’m beginning to think that there is not too much wildlife in Slovakia. But they say that the best protection is to make a noise. We don’t walk quietly. Going uphill we don’t say much but we do breathe heavily.

Got “roaded” again but not by much. If trees have been felled, then the path can be hard to find, as the markings get taken away with the trees. We didn’t have a GPS device but speaking to people who have they seem to be a very good aid to navigation. But we haven’t got one yet – so maybe we are old school, or mean or just old. But it is just more to carry and one extra charger. Note to the Powers That Be: Why don’t they standardize chargers?

This part of Slovakia is very green and clean, perfect for lots of sports. Walking, cycling, skiing to name but a few.

The route generally, stays away from civilization. Which is great but can mean on occasion that there is an add on at the beginning and the end of the day. When you are hot and tired these end of day off route bits can be sole and soul destroying.

Talking of footwear, three of the four of us have worn trainers the whole trip so far. The fourth boots. But as it’s been dry and the going not rocky at all. A good pair of trainers will do it seems. Poor weather, rocky terrain a different story, but we haven’t seen any rain yet or many rocks.

We stayed with our friends again. It’s good to know people.

Distance walked: 20km (322km in total)
Meters climbed: 723m (11,502m in total)
Walking time: 6:16 (104:23 in total)

Start point: Vrícke sedlo
End point: Sklené

General comment:
A ridge walk!!!
Don’t you just love trees. Slovakia is a forested country live with it.
100 times the tallest living tree Hyperion – 115 meters x 100, California

By John Nicholson

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