Time: 8.75h. Up: 720m. Down: 760m.
Distance: 32km. Difficulty: easy.

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Stage 92: Eyguières (100m) to St.-Rémy-de-Provence (60m)

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The last day. Ninety-one stages behind you, one to go. Your hike today takes you through the Alpilles... the "little Alps" that do indeed look surprisingly like a small scale version of the mountains you saw for the first time when looking south along the Celt-named Isar valley in Bavaria at the beginning of summer and of the H2H.

It is now autumn, and at the end of the day, after walking through groves of olive trees whose roots might date back a thousand years, you come down out of the hills past the Roman ruins of the town of Glanum. Here you will find an impressive triumphal arch, built around 20AD to commemorate a victory over the Gauls... a Celtic people. Sic transit....

In fact Glanum was ancient when the Romans arrived, having been founded by Celto-Ligurians several hundred years earlier. And, oddly enough, in 260AD Roman Glanum was destroyed by the Alemans... a Germanic tribe whose ancestral lands included parts of Bavaria. Afterwards the survivors built a new town a little further to the north: St.-Rémy-de-Provence, your goal for the day and the end of the H2H.

And so it goes. Tonight you will celebrate your own triumph... the completion of the H2H, a modern expedition. You have done something truly remarkable... something that many dream about, but very few ever do. Congratulations! In total you hiked more than 1700km, and climbed and descended over 94,000 meters... the equivalent of 10.6 Everests. An amazing achievement!!

And yet the arch is a memento mori, a reminder that you are not the first to have crossed the Alps, or to have come from Bavaria to Provence, and that you will not be the last. Behind you are all the steps you have taken since leaving Munich so many months ago, in front of you are memories... but that doesn't matter now. For today is today, and today you have completed the H2H! So savor the taste of your wine and food tonight -- it will never be better. If your legs permit, dance, and if you can't dance, sing. The Romans perhaps said it best: carpe diem... winter will come soon enough.

Today's hike is identical with the GR6 except for the stretch from Aureille to Eygalières. From Eyguières head east along the southern edge of the Alpilles, then, after Aureille, turn north and leave the GR6 on a small farm road that climbs into the hills and soon becomes a trail. Continuing north at times along back roads, at times along trails, you cross the Alpilles and descend into the village of Eygalières, which is both a good place to have lunch and also where you'll rejoin the GR6. After lunch, follow the GR6 west, and then climb back into the hills for a last few kilometers before turning north once more to descend via Glanum to St.-Rémy-de-Provence.

Alternatives: unnecessary.
Maps: IGN-3143OT Salon-de-Provence, IGN-82065 Provence - Les Alpilles .

The House to House blog... stage 92.

<A couple of representative photos from this stage will be added here after the hike>
In the meantime, click here to go to all of the H2H photos on Flickr.

GPS Track
<To be added during or after hike>

Room and Board Options
Lunch: there are several restaurants in Eygalières (reached after around 4.25h) .
Dinner and overnight: there are many good restaurants and places to stay at in St.-Rémy (for a complete list, see here).

Getting There and Back
Eyguières: from Salon-de-Provence, where there is a railway station, take a taxi the 10km to Eyguières (for taxi information, see here, and for train schedule information, see the SNCF).
St.-Rémy-de-Provence: take a taxi or a bus the 20km to Avignon, where there is a railway station (taxi and bus information here).
ViaMichelin Road Map and Driving Directions: centered on Eyguières, centered on St.-Rémy.

Background Information and Links
Many and various...

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