Day 10 Via Francigena, Garlasco to Pavia, 23.4km

Date: Saturday 18 August
Distance covered to Rome: 273.8/1027km
Terrain: Flat with some Bush bashing
Overnight: Ostello Santa Maria in Betlem, €20 (including air conditioning!!!)
Feeling: under control.

I obviously survived the night to walk another day and I was soon stepping out into the dawn. I fired up the head lamp this morning as I knew I would be going slightly off piste to start with. I didn’t want to misstep and tumble into the canal to sink without a trace.

More rice, rice, rice, corn (see previous posts) and then a little hay and perhaps some lupins(?). My early morning peace was overtaken by multiple camouflage-clad men with dogs in dusty 4WD cars. Obviously Saturday is ‘huntin’ season’ and I scuttled along a bit faster.

I was lucky to score a coffee stop at about 730am and had a little moment when John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’ came lilting out of the bar! Where am I? Moments like these really make me smile.

From then on I felt like I was in a very tame David Attenborough documentary. The path took me off the road and down by the riverside. There were birds aplenty and then there were the multiple lizards, rabbits and a very shiny black snake! Who knew that Italy had snakes? Thankfully we scared each other in equal parts and headed speedily in opposite directions.

Relaxing in Pavia as we speak. A really beautiful city with an amazing covered bridge.

Tip of the day: Don forget that you’re the Voice and you’ve just got to understand it!

16 thoughts on “Day 10 Via Francigena, Garlasco to Pavia, 23.4km

  1. Looks like you are doing well Mel. Almost 1/3 of the way. Carry on………

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    1. Thanks David. I look forward to following your and Lue’s progress. It will be weird to be all in Europe, but in different countries!

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  2. Such a treat to read your posts. You are really moving along and seem to be taking everything in your stride, pardon pun! How much does your pack weigh? I am trying to get mine down to 15 pounds (about 8 kilos). Empty pack weighs 4pounds and I have to carry a almost 2 pound CPAP machine so everything else has to weigh in at 9 pounds (about 4 kilos). Tossing things aside!!
    Continue to do well, hope you meet nice people when you have the need to socialize and comfy beds and FOOD at the end of each day. 🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃

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    1. Oh Lue, I don’t think you really want to know how much my pack weighs! I suspect it is at least we

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    2. Sorry, hit the button too soon….I suspect it weighs at least 13kgs and possibly more at the beginning of each day as I start with 3 litres of water! Needless to say, the water is all gone by the end of the day

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      1. That is almost 30 pounds. What on earth do you have in there!!!! Take a couple of the bricks out!!!! No wonder you are knackered at the end of the day Mel.

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        1. I just keep telling myself that everyday it is a little bit lighter. Or maybe I am getting stronger

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  3. Ah that’s better. Beautiful spot. Enjoy!!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. We always meet snakes in Italy and have had too many close encounters particularly on the bikes 🙂

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    1. Wow! At least you would be moving fast on the bikes and probably just as well!

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  5. Oh I would have belted out You’re the Voice with gusto. I love that song and it would have definitely been my earworm song for the rest of the day. Not a bad song to keep pace to as well 😉

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    1. You haven’t heard my singing voice! It’s enough to frighten small children and animals! But I did have the earworm all day! 🙂

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  6. Wow, that is a beautiful bridge!

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    1. It is that. A real talking point and meeting point.

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