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!

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

  1. 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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  2. 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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