Distance Walked: 26 km
Time Frame Walked : 6:15 am – 2:15 pm (with 3 rest stops and a tiny bit of rerouting)! Temperature: 31 C (it is now 5:30 pm and is 32 C).
Summary; Our guidebook has referred to this section as “one of the most charming stretches of the Tuscan route”…and we could quickly see why. Green fields turning golden-tan, glorious cypresses, few settlements and quiet serenity. If we had not left Sienna at 6:15 a.m., on a Sunday, with no water and only a small package of cookies as our “emergency snack”, our hike would have been perfect! After 8 km we found a water fountain, and another 2 km after that a small, OPEN cafe. Yes, we are experienced hikers. Yes, we know better. No, we won’t make that mistake again!
When I asked Carla (our Italian dorm-mate from last night and tonight), if our hostel had WiFi, she immediately offered me to use her data, saying that she has plenty. She also generously helped us to book our next three night stays. “I am happy to share/help” is becoming a constant refrain. I plan never to take this for granted.
Following our evening routine, we have showered, washed our clothes, hung them on the line, and are now at a nearby bar enjoying a Moretti and the bar’s internet.
Here are some photos from today:
Next Stop: Torrenieri, 17.5 km.