Wednesday, 17 November 2010

NOW WHICH WAY???? - CROSSING THE NEBRODI IN 1990.

CROSSING THE NEBRODI "A" to "N" -
(1993 NOTEBOOK insert!)

CROSSING THE NEBRODI "NOTEBOOK" 1990 (plus translation).

CROSSING THE NEBRODI "NOTEBOOK" 1990 - (plus translation).
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Back in 1990 there were no good maps to find your way across the lovely NEBRODI MOUNTAINS. I'd tried in the late 1980's to cross eastwards from the west - from PORTELLA FEMMINA MORTA to FLORESTA by way of BIVIERE di CESARO and BOSCO MANGALAVITI but the map I had was not detailed enough, and so the detail that did exist led me astray.
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So I tried crossing in the opposite direction. From FLORESTA heading westwards. In the end I made it but I still got lost a few times - beyond a certain point after heading west from FLORESTA. All I'd had to rely on - because the road just ended - was a compass. Trouble with a compass is that it can tell you a direction but sometimes heading in the correct direction proves very very difficult because of the way the land is in the direction you need to travel - sometimes it proved difficult t0 find a route because of obstacles etcetera etcetera so there were diversions and improvisations.
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My NOTEBOOKS came in very handy - and above are just a few page examples from my 1990 Notebooks - beneath each page of scrawl and scribble I have recently translated my words etc., and have re-used this information to make an illustrated postcard or two for friends just for amusement.
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Some of the above terrain I re-visited again this summer (July 2010) but some of it because of my increasing age now I will sadly not be able to pass along again. Also, there have been a few landslides that make certain very very solitary spots too dangerous to visit again.
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In a subsequent blogspot I will shortly feature one very lovely location in the vicinity of MONTE MALLARO - the latter is very much at the centre of the scribbled notes from the above 1990 Notebook pages.
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For a full chronological list of all SICILY ABLAZE page titles click HERE.
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For a fully indexed MADONIE REGION locations map click HERE.
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For a fully indexed NEBRODI REGION locations map clickc HERE.

2 comments:

Martin said...

These are great - travel notes written when you're actually there really convey a sense of the place - hope you get back to some of these places this year!
Martin

Ian Cameron aka KILROY WAS-A-HERO said...

Ah nice that someone is appreciative. As for re-visiting well some particular places which I liked aren't on the menu because of landslides and terrain now too dangerous to venture into - including one or spots on this blogspot - and alas ageing has become a prohibitive factor too. Anyway there are still many many lovely walks which all things considered aren't too onerous.