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- 18 april 2007 -
Crossing the Rio Muga

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Part of a 6 day's trip with Jan-Willem,  exploring the bordermarkers around Coustouges and Lamanère: bm521-541.

Day 1: coming from Spain  we cross the Rio Muga and via bm540 and bm539 proceed to Can Damoun.

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En route: 10.30-17.00
Positive elevation: ± 400 m

Distance : 5.854 km

Altitudes :
Maxi 765 m  Mini 359 m

Dénivelées :
~ +446 m  -112 m
cumulative 558 m
The previous day we have walked from Albanya to near the San Bartomieu chapel.
There's a dirtroad - blocked by a chain - descending to La Muga and we camped on a field besides the river.

Today we started at 10.30 and walked past the church, spotting  ± 200 m further a yellow waymarked trail that descends to La Muga and crosses it.

This picture: Jan-Willem crossing the river.

We miss a waymark and first follow a trail leading along and above La Muga which ends in the riverbed. Perhaps it's possible to reach bm536 via the riverbed, we don't know and didn't try.

We return and continue on the yellow trail where we lost it earlier. It climbs steeply.

This picture: taking a break.

The trail finally arrives at bm540, Jan-Willem poses.

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Bm540 with me
We give it a try to bm541 but the trail along the ridge/cliff ends in the bush.

We try the other side of bm540: there's a trail over the ridge/cliff descending  to bm539.

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We descend further to bm538  wich should be at 300 meters but we can't find it.

Because of the time and approaching thunder we  return to bm540.
This is a view along the bordercliff from approximately bm540 to bm541.
We walk to Can Damoun (also spelled as Can d'Amunt or Can Damond), a hamlet seen here in the distance,

and find a camping spot just before the hamlet, a waterreservoir is available (in the background).
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