Day 11 Via Francigena, Pavia to Santa Christina e Bissone 29.2km

Date: Sunday 19 August
Distance covered to Rome: 303/1027km
Terrain: Flat with a couple of tiny climbs
Overnight: Parochial Santa Cristina, €10 (donativo)
Feeling: like I am melting.

The heat is amazing. I think I am going to have to have a serious think about some of the longer days in the next month. I am not sure they are doable without walking a good portion of it in the dark. This morning I left at 505am and it was already hinting of the heat ahead. By 830am I was melting and by 1130am (when I thankfully arrived at my destination), I really was not interested in taking another step.

I must have looked pretty desperate as I went straight into a small bar to buy a cold drink and when I went to pay, the barmaid told me that a man further up the bar had already paid for it. He must have a very kind heart or incredibly bad eyesight as I am certainly no oil painting after sweating through 29km!

There are eight of us her tonight. Gerard from Sydney, William from Belgium, Thea and Mary, a Swiss couple and a ciclo (bicycle) pilgrim. It is all very social although we are all resting up now to avoid the afternoon heat.

A quirk of this ostello is that they would not open the doors before 230pm. I had time to kill, and I needed some sustenance, so I walked straight into the pizzeria and ordered lunch. The largest pizza ever was placed in front of me and miraculously it disappeared!

Tip of the day: carry more water than you think you need. No fountains today.

11 thoughts on “Day 11 Via Francigena, Pavia to Santa Christina e Bissone 29.2km

  1. The social aspect must be very interesting. When you have the energy. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Don’t worry, all the ‘partying’ is over well before 9pm!! Just as the Italians are warming up! 🙂

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  2. You definitely have not lost your mojo!!! Can’t believe you demolished that pizza. Very impressive!

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    1. I can’t believe I demolished it either! Obviously I needed to carb load! I think I am cured of pizza for a while! 🙂

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  3. Absolutely tremendous effort on a scorchingly hot day. Keep up the fluids 🍾🍷🍸🍹🍺🥂🥤

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    1. I reckon I am consuming close to 6 litres a day and sweating 5.5 litres!! Surely it must start to cool down soon??

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  4. I don’t even think I should say it … but if I had to choose, I would rather walk in rain than in sweltering heat. Hmm, remind me of this last sentence on my next rainy walk 😇.

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    1. We each have our preferences, but I am OK to get up at 430am to avoid the heat, but how can you avoid the rain?

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      1. Yeah … I’ve just thought back to our Portuguese Camino and those rainy days were not that great.

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        1. If I could get everything spanking dry at the end of each day I would be fine. It is when you have to drag on half wet clothes the next day that does my head in…

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