Corsica Diary 3
on a limited schedule and choose to drive through the night to the
port. It's just a shade under 600km from Bovec to Livorno, Italy. As
it's dark we don't see anything. We wake up ready to board the ferry to
Corsica, a few of us getting our first look at the Mediterranean.
It's a busy port with an interesting mix of old and new buildings.
Interesting, rare to see many people fishing in a commercial bay stateside.
A sailboat breezes by with Isola d'Elba in the background, reminding me
of where the trouble comes from in the Count of Monte Cristo. Seeing
how close it is to Italy and his home island of Corsica, it's baffling
this is where they exiled Napoleon.
Turn around and we've arrived in Bastia, the second largest city in Corsica. The influx of kayakers here is fun to see.
land just after noon and the day is progressing rapidly, we head
two hours south and a bit inland to Ghisonia to meet up with Toro,
Rok's friend from Switzerland and make a quick run down the Upper Fium
Orbo. The run starts off full of fun boulder gardens. This seems like
the perfect flow. We cruise down as Toro knows the lines.
Rok Sribar heads into the first bedrock drop.
Eric Petlock drops into the same.
boogie down a bit more read and run then portage a whole gorge. At
lower flows it's possible to run it, but today it's a bit too high and
the sun has started to drop rather quickly. We finish with just enough
light left and no more photographs. Now the question is where to stay.
There is a popular campground, but we decide camp at an older bridge
over the Vecchio as it's our run for tomorrow. Camping can be an odd
thing in Corsica, it's best to avoid poaching camping and pay the small
fee at an established campground to avoid vandalized vehicles. As it's
after dark when we arrive we figure it's not too big of a deal and
saves us extra driving.
The Olympus E-M5 is no full frame camera when it comes to night shots.
We wake to a glorious view in the morning.
Now for a little breakfast on the bridge and a taste of the Middle Vecchio.
Corsica Diary 4