Have already worked my through the Spain plan and discovered that when I originally did the plan my glasses were slightly rose tinted and what I thought was accommodation wasn't. Some of the Hotels have closed down in the six months since I did the initial piece of planning. Sometimes I just made mistakes. Where changes have been needed I have just gone back to the relevant blogs and made them.
For Stage 8 the extent of my mistake has meant a complete redraft of the itinerary. Although the E4 does go from Carcassonne to Lodeve it doesn't go along the route I was proposing. Thankfully my mistake has been spotted and Menno Wolters, who has walked much of the E4, has kindly gone through my plan and identified where it goes wrong. He is doing this for the whole route and has provided comments on a number of the sections, particularly in France.
My mistake on Stage 8 was to follow the GR7 rather than the GR71. The ERA web-site talks about the GR 71 but the IGN GR Map for the whole of France (Map 903) has the E4 going along the GR7. It takes a slightly more direct travelling along the southern edge of the Parc Du Haut Languedoc while the GR71 goes further north and straight through the middle.
Menno, as well as experience of actually walking much of the E4, had the necessary FFRP (the French Ramblers Association) Topoguides and these make it clear that the E4 stays on the GR 36 a little bit longer than I had planned and joins the GR 71 at Hautpoul and does not join the GR 7 until Lodeve. I need to challenge my mean streak and invest in the Topoguides.