Hiking the GR20 in Corsica, France, with Marianne Bohr
|Above the clouds at the beginning the Twenty in Corsica, France. All images are the property of Marianne C. Bohr. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
"There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.” Edwin Louis Cole
|The GR20 Blaze, the trail marker that would guide Marianne and her intrepid explorers along the Corsican trail.
|Marianne enjoys one last respite before the start of her journey.
“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans.” Woody Allen based on Yiddish expression “We Plan, God Laughs.”
After retiring from their full-time jobs at age 60 and every detail of their trip carefully planned, almost, it was time to hit the trail, so to speak. Marianne and her husband Joe began their training regimen in June 2015 conditioning their bodies and building stamina as they prepared for the rigors that would test the endurance of their aging bodies. But with all the careful planning in the world, there is one unforeseen detail that Marianne never could have planned, a detail that would greatly impact the entire trip—an unexpected diagnosis of a condition that would not only ultimately test her physically but emotionally as well.
A love affair with husband, new friends, and the Twenty
|On the way to Corsica aboard the Mega Express Two.
|How to make love with Granite.
As we hike along vicariously, we learn how to make love with granite while experiencing exhilarating scenery, topped by towering moutainscapes in the daytime, and at night, the heavens shine with radiant light. We encounter dangerous slopes with falling rocks, celebrate the views from the mountaintops as we ravenously scarf down midday meals during one of the breaks and by the end of a 10- to 12-mile hike, we endure less-than-luxe refuges with inherent dangers of their own.
|Crossing the Spasimata River on Day 4 of the GR20.
|A test of endurance for the hikers.
|Grasping at the chains, Marianne finds her way across the challenging terrain of the GR20.
|One of the many refuges along the GR20 with additional accommodations available in the surrounding tents.
|Roughing it along the Twenty.
|Joe snapped a photo of our intrepid GR20 hikers. From L to R: Kees, Phil, Julien, Jim, Marianne, Chris, Sarah.
|Exhaustion after a grueling day on the Twenty.
But despite the stumbling and struggling, the falling and dangers of slipping down mountainsides, we are treated to moments of levity replete with many laugh-out-loud moments leaving you in tears. How many of you have heard of HAFE? Well, you will find out more about this and other endearing qualities of Marianne’s fellow hikers, all of whom we get to know quite well by the end of the book.
A Moment to Rejoice
|Marianne and Joe training in Greolieres, France.
|The blazing sunset along the GR20.
|Marianne and Joe.
This exciting book that blends treacherous moments of their expedition, the warmth and love of marriage and camaraderie of friendship, and the celebratory moments of daily triumphs when they reached their refuges for the night, “The Twenty” is part memoir, part travelogue and is recounted step by step in Marianne Bohr’s latest book which releases on Tuesday, June 6; a unique and compelling read that proved to be rewarding on so many levels! You don’t have to be hiker to read “The Twenty” but you do have to understand the human condition—an experience that’s not limited to an outer journey we encounter along this path of life but the inward journey and the reflections and reconciliations along the way.
|Having endured many hikes in the past, it was time to kiss these boots goodbye at the end of the GR20.
|"The Twenty,"—One Woman's Trek Across Corsica on the GR20 Trail releases June 6, 2023.