Distance Walked: 21.8 km
Walking Time: 6 hours
Breaks: 1 hour
Walking Pace: 3.5 km per hour
Attitude Difference Ascent: 580 m
Attitude Difference Descent: 690m
Distance to Rome: 19.1 km
Campagnano di Roma:
As we walked yesterday’s trail, we repeatedly heard sounds from the area’s Autodromo Vallelunga Pietro Taruff. Sadly, we never did catch a glimpse of the race cars. When we arrived in town, shops and restaurants were busily preparing for something. As the evening unfolded , we discovered that there was also a 1O km running race that followed a course from Vallelunge — with a very steep climb! Afterwards, there was a huge festival in the streets. Dinner was BBQ’d meat (on top of BBQ’d meat)! By ordering one dinner platter to share, Richard and I consumed more meat than we typically eat in a month! Twenty-two hours later, we are still full! (Seriously!)
The Trail – Today’s trail offered two separate chances to take an alternative path. The first diversion reduced TWO km from today’s total distance. The downside was that it bypassed the town of Formello, eliminating our only chance for coffee, snacks and water refills until the end of the day. We decided on a coin toss. I lost. We stopped for coffee!
Two hours later, we were given a second chance at another alternative path. This time 1 km was reduced. You didn’t have to tell me twice. I was on it!! I thought that it was lovely, Richard apparently didn’t have enough coffee because he simply didn’t like it. (He’s a bit of a trail purist). That alternative path was 4.5 km in length. Here are some of its views. What do you think?
We are now at our last overnight stop before Rome. Intellectually I understand this. Emotionally, it hasn’t fully sunk in.
Accommodations: Casa Nostra Signora Del Sacro Cuore. Via Cassia 1826. Tel: 06-30–89-08-63. Info@cassnostrasignora.it. 48 euros (+taxes) for two people in a private room with private bathroom. Includes breakfast. Full dinner is available for 14 euros per person.