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Lepere guide la via Turonensis, 2011 edition review

Cassian

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Purchased this as a guidebook to walk Notre Dame Paris to Notre Dame Chartres August 2011. We have hiked the Le Puy to Figeac section of SJ de C using the Miam Miam, ffrandonnée topoguide and Confraternity of St. James guides. While not facile in French, we are sufficiently capable to usually get by. Have not used Lepere editions before.
We ran the text through Google translators, then hand-corrected each word and line to provide ourselves with a bilingual guide. We also followed each direction on Google maps before leaving, to make sure the directions were clear, annotating as necessary. Unfortunately, we did not map or print the route, trusting the guidebook and the IGN cartes for the actual walking (carried 2116/E,2116/O,2215/OT and 2315/OT in the 1:25000, and 118 in the 1:100000 series).
We were lost repeatedly. We struggled to discover why we kept finding ourselves in places where the guidebook just made no sense. Usually, the directions were extraordinarily precise, to the meter. At times, however, the directions were either vague or senseless- as if there were a portion of the directions missing (reading directly from the guidebook in hand). In the end, we became unwilling to trust it. We came across balisage for the GR 655 and cobbled together a route from the maps and the GR 655 ( balisage GR 655 vague or missing at times- route changes?).
In our experience, we cannot recommend this edition of this guidebook for this section- editing needed? Perhaps we're simply idiots.
 
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