An Overlanding Adventure In Corsica
So here we go. Our first trip with our Land Rover Defender and Labrador Lewie both prepared for the overland lifestyle To escape from our daily lives, we feel the need to disconnect from society and immersve ourselves into nature, off the grid places and new memories This is the adventure of Lewie and the Rover destination: Corsica As always we first drove hours and hours on the German Autobahn The difference this time is that we’re going nice and steady on the right lane We arrived in the Austrian Alps. And we were so excited to take the Rover up into the mountains for the first time. As we drove through small and steep roads we greeted some alpine cows We stopped at a viewpoint. Great opportunity for Lewie to stretch his legs and run around.
After driving around most of the day we searched for a camping spot and we all needed some food, drinks and relaxing time. The next morning we made it into Italy, Lewie and the Rover’s fifth country. Welcome to the Dolomites.
This place has something magical, we have been here before and were very excited to go back again and even more now that we have Lewie with us We spent the day walking around the beautiful scenery, had lunch and a beer at a mountain hut and then we went off to search for a place to sleep close to the hiking trail of the three peaks It was 5 in the morning; the air was crisp and the sun was already rising. The beautiful Tre Cime hike is around 20 kilometers and it took us 7 hours including breaks. We were so lucky, there were no crowds, the weather was beautiful, our bags were full of snacks and our hearts full of joy. The views were unbelievable It so great we got to experience this together with lewie, This definitely is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Sometimes it takes seeing it with your own eyes that the world we live in is absolutely incredible beautiful. On our way to the ferry in Livorno we made a pitstop in Tuscany.
Just relaxing and ofcourse eat a lot of Italian food. One of our first evenings we could set up all of our camp stuff and enjoy a lovely summer night. We had little expectations of Corsica because we had little time to plan this trip.
Maybe it’s for the better to visit places sometimes with a open mind. But let us tell you this. When driving through Corsica you can expect open blue skies, remote beaches and epic mountain peaks. Plus, you will get welcomed by friendly locals ready to help you anytime. Welcome to Corsica We started our first day on the island driving an off-road route in Desert Agriates. We didn’t have any experience with the Rover so in the beginning we were a bit anxious but slowly we got the feeling we got everything under control and ate a pain au Choco.
This desert gives you the feeling you are on a tropical island. Sand mixed up with green vegetation and the sea always painted in the background. And then finally we found a place where you can only dream of. A remote beach with white sand and crystal-clear water. First, we thought we were fouled. Why is there nobody here? But soon we saw a boat arrive and we realized we were not going to be the only ones all day.
After 5 pm all other people left and we set up camp. And look at this, isn’t this what overlanding is all about? After our morning swim in the sea, we continued our route in the desert this route was a lot more challenging. High clearance and a real 4x4 are a must. The rocks and stones can be a real threat for puncturing your tires so we took it slowly. Another factor what made it challenging was the heat. We tried to do most of the route before midday but it was still very hot and we stopped a few times when we saw some shade.
The reward was epic. This time did have the beach all to ourselves. It was Lewie’s perfect day, swimming getting all the attention and some more swimming. The last part of the route was pretty though. But hey, this is what those vehicles are made for. Not for everyone it was a fun experience. We passed a vehicle which got into serious trouble
Sadly we didn’t have the right equipment to pull them out. But no worries. An Italian defender pulled them out with a winch. From the burning heat along the coast up to the rain in the mountains. The contrast from the coastline and the mainland is huge. It’s a totally different world. We spent some days here high in the mountains to do some hiking and avoiding the heat.
Would you expect a waterfall in a scenery like this and say its Corsica? We wouldn’t. Time to leave the mountains and drive for a few days along the coast again. It was warm during the day so Lewie found shelter under the car.
The next days we relaxed, ate and swim and drove along a epic coastal road up into the mountains again. We never say we are going on vacation. We always say we are going to travel. Traveling isn’t always easy, it isn’t always comfortable. But reaching places where time seems to stands still changes you. We travel to grow.
Lewie was perfect on his first trip. We noticed he is fine with everything as long as we are together. It’s so lovely to see how much he enjoys it all.
Swimming, hiking, just going on adventure. This is where Labradors are made for. Even the ferry went perfect. We were more stressed then Lewie. Sometimes we worry so much for him. But he is just fine. Well we also have to adjust to traveling with your dog. We spend the last few days high in the mountains of the French alps. Like we said before. This is where we came for.
Relax in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy each others company and disconnect from our daily lives. We did some more awesome hikes and drove Lewie crazy with all the high fives we needed for our Instagram video. On our last day we enjoyed an epic mountain pass on the way back to home.
We enjoyed every minute of our trip. A little bit proud everything worked out like we planned out. We absolutely had no idea how it would be to travel with your dog for a longer period. But we can tell you, traveling with your dog is one of the best things there is. We came home a physically a little tired, but our personalities had grown a bit more