“I want to walk around Luxembourg”, I said …why would you even consider Luxembourg? one would respond, what is there to see in Luxembourg? Grey buildings and banks? Well, that is why I would walk around it, see!
I have drawn a circle around Luxembourg, merely touching its borders. This circle is quite exactly 360 km and obviously 360 degrees.
The plan is to walk the circle in 6 days of 60 km as a challenge to my body and mind. 60 km is quite a lot for a day but far from impossible, six time that is another thing!
The drawing of a circle on a map is quite a challenge, It is done on paper maps and later on on Google Earth maps which has some rudimental tools to draw things. Once a circle is drawn i make a quick tour to see where unsurpassable obstacles such as airports, highways and rivers would distort the final circle to much. This operation would take minutes at first but hours once a circle passes the first tests and checks. I made dozens of circles before have the right one.
Once the circle is established I start drawing the exact path I would walk. Because I want to stay as close as possible to the circle this involves some extended research on several platforms. Because of inaccuracies in maps I have to compare open-streetmaps to google maps and apple maps (sat) and topological maps,…
I was super satisfied I finally had a circle that worked, I drew the whole path, days of work, to zoom out and notice the hole f*ck*ng thing crosses the Luxembourg borders! Horror! While checking how I could repair the damage I noticed that the place I crossed the border was actually Schengen, wow what a coincidence, my illegal border crossing was in the exact place that symbolises the freedom to cross borders in the Eurozone (for us Europeans) This is perfect.
While drawing the circle I noticed it passes Steffesheim in the North in Belgium just a few km of Germany. I spend a whole summer there as a 17.9 year old as a volunteer on a building site of a village farm destined to welcome alcoholics from the Marrolles area of Brussels, what a coincidence. The purpose of the place is no more, it is now a ferienwohnung (this is the German speaking part of Belgium)
I planned the tour on the 21st of March 2020 in the week of the Equinox with equal days and night because 60km times 5km/h is 12 hours and numbers are a part of this adventure. Two weeks before departure I canceled the trip because of the Corona lockdowns, walking i four countries would have been impossible.
Hope to pick up this plan later on.