F.A.Q. BMLD

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If you would like to ask us questions by mail, we will respond individually. Frequently asked questions and answers will be shown here, starting with the most recent.

December 2018

 Q-Will there be places of rest at certain stages (every 20 km)?

A-Yes there will be a few rest places assigned by the organisation, however they are intermittent. The rest places will be very basic with toilets (mostly general public toilets).
So far we have one school yard at 40km, as well as an enclosed shelter at 140km.  We are working to obtain: a communal hall to be made available at 80km, a communal yard at 120km and one farm shed at 180km.

It will also be possible to stay (for a fee) in various hotels, lodgings, campsites etc… These are available on the route at 90kms, 100km, 120kms and 140kms… All establishments will appear in the guide book. We also offer a small luggage transfer from two “control points” at 80kms and 140kms.

Q-Will it be possible to stop and someone take us somewhere to sleep and be returned to the same point again the next day?

 A-Under no circumstances. The rules are clear, no personal assistance.

November 2018

 Q-Can you clearly describe the possible walking hours for the first and last day?

 A-The departure time is at 9.00 am on 30th May 2019 (group departure). The deadline for arrival is at 12.00pm on 2nd June 2019 (a maximum time of 75h).

Q-The length of the daily walking hours (opening times of the control points)?

 A-There is no daily walking schedule. Estimated times are outlined from the maximum time of 75hrs and a minimum time 33hrs and 20 minutes. These are calculated at a minimum walking speed of 2.67 km / hr.and a maximum speed of 6 km / hr. for a walker who walks nonstop for 24 hrs on each day. Everyone then should adapt their speed and their remaining daily walking time within these time calculations.
If, for example, there is a control point at 96kms, the walkers will have to pass through this in a time between 16hrs( 16 X 6 km / hr = 96hrs) and 36hrs (36 x 2.67 km/ hr = 96hrs), between 1.00am and 9.00pm on Friday 31st May 2019.
NB: our control points do not require the presence of volunteers, except for “hidden checks”. A walker can walk through the day, night or only during the day if their pace is sufficient, providing that they follow the hourly examples.
NB: a certain tolerance will be applied compared to the earliest / latest times, except on arrival of course.

Q-Supply of refreshments or water at control points?

A-There are no refreshment stations, not even for water. However the roadmap indicates the location of shops on or near the route. The route passes through places with shops. The roadmap also indicates the public water sources available such as at public toilets, cemeteries, stadiums etc… It is possible (but not certain) that the roadmap will also indicate some shelters to sleep, fields, sheds, etc… These would not require you to ask for permission from the owner.

Q- The itinerary of the course (several circuits around Chantonnay or one continual route)?

 A-This is a unique single route with departure and arrival in Chantonnay. This route is divided into 10 stages of about 20 km.
The stages are as follows: Chantonnay-Bournezeau-La Réorthe-La Caillère-St Hilaire-Bourneau-Mervent-Foussais-St Hilaire de Voust-L’Etruyère (La Tardière)-Bazoges en Pareds-Chantonnay.

November 2018

 Q-I am interested in your self-sufficiency walk?

A-Correction. It is not a self-sufficiency walk but a walk without assistance. The difference? It is possible to buy food in the shops that are on the route or, why not accept an invitation to eat in a local residents house. However it is forbidden to receive supplies by a partner, relative or a friend.

Q-Is it ok to run?

A-We do not prohibit running, however as there is a maximum time of 75hrs for completion, so there will also be a minimum time for completion. This is calculated for a speed of 6 km / hr. qand that is 33hrs and 20 minutes after the start.

Q-When and where to sleep?

A-That is entirely up to you to manage and is part of the challenge. There are different options:
-no sleep whatsoever!!!
-to sleep at a hotel, in a shelter, a mobil-home etc…
-you can also be invited to a local residents house.
-or carry a tent and sleep at a campsite in the open air (but please ask for permission fromthe owner).
-it is also possible to sleep in a bus shelter, a shed (again ask for permission from the owner).
-under a bridge or sleeping under the stars etc…-there could be the possibility of sleeping in an establishment such as a playground, football changing rooms, municipal hall etc…  These could be made available by the organisers.

What is forbidden: Sleeping in a camper van driven by your partner, relative or friend.

Q-The backpack is likely to be huge?

A-Some walkers will have large backpacks, with all the necessary equipment. Others will choose to walk “lightly” by fending for themselves with what they find on the way.

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