Day 39 Via Francigena, Campagnano di Roma to La Storta, 24.7km

Date: Wednesday 19 September
Distance covered to Rome: 1025.7/1027km
Terrain: not what I expected.
Overnight: Hotel Cassia, €55 (Double)
Feeling: excited and amazed that I am almost in Rome.

Today wasn’t what I expected at all. I was thinking that, because we are so close to Rome, we would be subjected to endless industrial estates, road walking and monotonous traffic. Instead I was pleasantly surprised with lots of paddocks, sheep, even more babbling brooks and Etruscan ruins.

The weather forecast for today was rain from 900am so we got an early start in the hope of getting as many kilometres done before the rain set in. Our luck held although it was very humid and sticky and the sweat just poured out of us. Perhaps they should promote this walk as a cleansing process as the pores really get a work out.

A highlight of the day was to see quite a few mobs of sheep being closely guarded by their Maremma dogs. The dogs are so calm and gentle, but I am assuming that would change quickly if the flock was threatened.

You may be thinking, from the distance figure above, that tomorrow I am going to overshoot Rome and start heading south. When I did my original planning I searched the internet for as much information as possible about each stage/leg and selected the longest distance for each stage to develop a ‘worst case scenario’ overall distance. Even with all that, it seems I have underestimated the distance, but what’s 20km between friends?

Here’s to tomorrow!!

Tip of the day: Hang in there! You can do it!

17 thoughts on “Day 39 Via Francigena, Campagnano di Roma to La Storta, 24.7km

  1. Way to go all of u.
    We are in Tricastella.
    Thinking of the dinner we had on the ‘street’
    We had our ‘dinner’ this afternoon and plan to have or siestynow!

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    1. Great to see you are in the Camino groove!

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  2. Here’s to tomorrow! Sleep well 😃 Love the sheep and dog xx

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    1. Thanks so much for your support over the past 40 days. I really appreciate it.

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      1. Have you made it? Whoopee! I’m in Liverpool and don’t have full Internet access. Will check in later 😃😃

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  3. Good tip of the day. However I think in this case there are many who could not do it!! A huge feat Mel!! But it can be applied to much in life that can be equally tough in other ways. So good tip!!!

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    1. Thanks Lue. It is important that everyone does their own Camino! 🙂

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  4. So close now. I’m in awe at all you have achieved. Loved being along for the journey thank you. And thrilled you have lovely company now. How are Alan’s knees holding up? Love to you both xx

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    1. Thanks Kerry. It is all feeling a bit dreamlike at the moment. Hard to believe it is done. Alan has he!d up surprisingly well. I think it is all the medicinal gelato he has consumed! See you soon. Melx

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  5. Woohoo Mel. So glad you are almost there. Well done!!! But you are still a crazy woman!!!!!!

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    1. Yep, that has been reinforced almost daily over the past 40 days!! But a little crazy is a good thing isn’t it?

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  6. I read your blog and i really loved you blog,

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Rahul. Much appreciated. Have a great day. Mel

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  7. Ahh, I like the pictures of the sheep and dog! How is it possible that I’ve just “walked” more than a 1000km on a Saturday … 😅 … I’m a bit sad it’s coming to an end now!

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    1. Sorry about that. I wish I could be walking on your behalf again. One day soon…

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