Thurs 1st November (All Saints) - Over the Col de Fourche to Hellbourg

Thurs 1st November (All Saints) - Over the Col de Fourche to Hellbourg

It was a beautiful clear morning, as usual here in Reunion, when I started out at 8am for
Hellbourg in the Cirque de Salizies. My route was over the Col de Fourche, rather than the
easier Col de Boeuf which would have meant a longer route... Stunning scenery and views,
lovely woods with a variety of trees and plants depending on the height ..and even steeper
paths!! I took my time and made the most of my magnificent surroundings. It was a Public
Holiday, so I occasionally met others along the way - but mostly I was by myself again, in
wild countryside - but stunning views as I climbed higher and higher.
Eventually, around midday, clouds began to form and by one o'clock it was quite grey -
absolutely normal for the mountainous area in Reunion. It was much more thickly wooded
along a lot of this route than yesterday's had been and there were plenty of birds & their
song as well as an abundance of pretty flowers and shrubs. The birds were not at all shy,
often perching very close and gazing at me... I also caught sight of a kind of hedgehog...
as well as a black rat!!

Written by : Mike

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