Day 40 – FINAL DAY – Via Francigena, La Storta to Roma, 21.2km

Date: Thursday 20 September
Distance covered to Rome: 1046.9km
Terrain: busy roads, forest paths, busy streets
Overnight: Barbineri Luxury Rooms (a very generous description), €72
Feeling: happy and amazed!

When I woke up this morning I could hear the swish of car tyres on the roadway which indicated one thing and one thing only. Rain! It was a bit disappointing, but we weren’t going to let it stop us striding into Rome and doing a happy dance in St Peter’s Square.

Before that we still had a few kilometres to cover and all of them in the drizzle. It was that annoying sort of rain – enough to wet you, but not enough to make you put a rain jacket on. In those situations you are often wetter and hotter in the rain coat than in the rain.

I tried to be an optimist and wish the rain away and eventually, with 5km to go, it worked. We managed to get some hazy photos from Monte Moro and then the real thing in the Square itself.

To be honest I am feeling a bit numb at the moment. I can’t believe I am here and I did it! There were days when I really thought I had bitten off more than I could chew, but I guess you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other until you reach your goal. How’s that for some mixed metaphors??

Thanks for all your comments, likes and support. It was truly appreciated!

Tip of the day: it is always beer o’clock somewhere in the World!

Hmmmm, now where to next????

(Sorry for the delay in posting. More internet issues!)

25 thoughts on “Day 40 – FINAL DAY – Via Francigena, La Storta to Roma, 21.2km

  1. What an awesome achievement – congratulations! You look so fit and well, although I’m sure you might be a wee bit tired after such an epic journey. I’d have fallen at the first hurdle – literally, I’m sure
    Sooooo….. have you put “Epic Bike Rides of the World” on your Christmas list?? πŸ˜€

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  2. Bless you my children! What an amazing pilgrimage. Very impressed with your Mel – quite the tough gal from Mudgee. Equally impressed with Al for his strategic last week walk and getting in the final photos!

    Wonderful love surprise to do what you did! Well done to you both! X travel safely home x

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  3. Congratulations Mel!! What an amazing achievement. Enjoy this moment and do lots of happy dances!! Must feel strange not to put the boots on and set of again the next morning. So glad Alan there to share this time with you…it definitely needs witness. Have a safe flight home and look forward to speaking soon. Xx PS we will miss our morning ritual of reading this blog over brekky!

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  4. Mel, you’re a star. Congratulations on your epic journey hon! I read every one of your posts and thoroughly enjoyed every single step. Thanks so much. x Grace

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  5. Huge Congratulations Mel. My husband and I have enjoyed your savey wit and descriptive prose of your marvelous journey through Italy. We’ve enjoyed every step along your Way and thank you for your dedication to the blog.
    Michelle and Michael.

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  6. Yeah girl! Congratulations! What an achievement! I really enjoyed following your journey and look forward to your next adventure! It’s been a great read! I hope you’re doing your share of celebrating in Rome! You earned it! Cheers!

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