Day 34 Via Francigena, Bolsena to Montefiascone, 18.5km

Date: Friday 14 September
Distance covered to Rome: 914.3/1027km
Terrain: constant climbs, both big and small.
Overnight: Convento Divini Amore, €15
Feeling: gobsmacked and loved!

None of us wanted to be late this morning as it was our first day walking as a quintet rather than a quartet. We arrived at the designated meeting point early when the girls spotted a bar with its lights on and all thoughts of walking to Montefiascone were postponed until a sufficient amount of caffeine was consumed.

The rest of the morning was completely unremarkable. The path climbed steadily all day, but we were given some lovely glimpses of Bolsena Lake through the trees. The lake is the largest volcanic lake in Europe and covers around 153sq km. Last night we saw fishermen making the most of the sunset and today it was the sailboat’s turn.

We made good time and arrived before it got too hot. After showering and the usual domestics, it was time to track down some lunch. Ross, Mary and I found a small bar in the main square and settled in. After a few minutes Ross got up and said he would be back in a minute and disappeared. Then he returned with a very tall man wearing a backpack.

“And who is this now?”, asks Mary.

“That’s my husband”, said I!!!!!

Yes, can you believe it?? My husband flew all the way from Australia to surprise me and walk the last week with me into Rome! How lucky am I?

For the first (and probably only) time in my life, I was truly speechless!

Tip of the day: never underestimate a man!

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25 thoughts on “Day 34 Via Francigena, Bolsena to Montefiascone, 18.5km

  1. I am loving your daily reports and this one in particular. How fabulous of Alan to arrange that! Presumably with a little help from friends! Enjoy your final week. What an adventure and so many tales to share

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  2. Who would have thought! Al has excelled himself in arranging this surprise visit. I would have loved to have been there and seen the look on your face Mel! Enjoy your last few days xx

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