Ok, we can't get all of you squeezed on the blog tonight, but to keep the family happy here is your chance to see Mum in a blizzard while crossing the Jura mountains on her cross country skis! On the whole we had excellent weather and conditions but we did have the occasional snowy flurry which did ensure we had plenty of the white stuff to ski on while doing the GTJ. Jenny was great fun to be with and there was always a smile on her face, apart from when she plummeted between the bunk beds last night - anyway, dont worry she's still in one piece and will be home tomorrow. She tells us that the 'kids' will be returning with her to the Jura to make their own epic journey. Take care Jenny and hope to see you again some day.
We are having a fantastic week traversing the Jura mountains on the French/Swiss border. The snow conditions really are wonderful with a great cover providing us with a landscape of silent forests and sparkling snowflakes. We have eight clients who are embracing the challenge of the Grand Traverse du Jura or GTJ, which is a truly classic long distance cross country ski covering just over 170 km. With the luggage being transferred daily to the next accommodation it means light rucksacks and the chance to really enjoying the skiing without carrying too much weight. Each day we are skiing around 25 km, and the team are doing well with muscles settling into the rhythm of skiing. Some team members have demonstrated one or two interesting 'acrobatic' movements which have impressed the Guide!! However, all is well, and there seem to be smiling faces at the end of each day with any aches soon forgotten over a 'vin chaud'. Tonight there may be a bit of a party as we reach the 100 km mark today! We are currently on day four of our journey, and aim to reach Giron on saturday night.