When planning this trip, we never made an exact plan of where we would be when. We knew that we wanted to complete 18 official stages, ranging in length from 13.4 km to 32.3 km. We figured that we would likely break up some of the longer stages, add in rest days and leave room for the unexpected. We loosely thought that adding 6 extra days to the 18 days defined by the stages should give us ample time to get to Rome. With that blind confidence we arranged a Home Exchange in Rome from June 24 – 29. Now with only 3 stages left (25.5 km, 22,8 km and 19.1 km) we are faced with an extra day. What would you do with it?
Monterosi – We decided to break up the Sutri to Canpagnano di Roma section (25.4 km) and spend tonight in Monterosi (10 km). That gave us a very leisurely start to today, and allowed for a very relaxed walking pace…with extra breaks.
This turned out to be a very good thing. Our guidebook describes the first half of today’s walk as “passing through huge meadows and pasturelands”. That may be true for the second hour+ of the walk, but the first hour was nasty. We were on the roadway (shoulderless of course). That meant that we took a couple of steps, heard a car coming, jumped into the nearest bush,, took a couple of more steps and repeated the pattern all over again. Later we realized that there was an alternative route that we could have taken (adding on 3 km). I’m not sure how we missed that!
Sometimes the Camino is more about the people that you meet, and the experiences that you have, rather than the trail itself. Twice today we ran into Pascal, who we had met previously in Vetralla. Pascal had worked as Project Manager In the automobile industry in Germany. Faced with the realization that his values and those of his chosen profession were not aligned, he resigned from his position this past April and began walking. Clocking up over 1400 kms, Pascal used this time to rethink and reset. It was a very brave thing to do. Our conversation with him was stimulating and soul-southing at the same time. It will stay with me for quite awhile.
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