The Way of St. Francis: It was going so well

4B088FB9-1A11-43D1-A7ED-93DF0C7C90B0

0A40929E-33F0-4697-93E2-6B7884C5D1C1

 

26B541F2-8E48-4AED-859C-BD4A40B5A162

Our Sunday began shortly after 8 a.m. when we departed our Spoleto apartment for a detour from the usual Way of St. Francis. A 2016 earthquake left the Roman acqueduct unsafe to cross (actually, Sue was relieved she didn’t have to cross the narrow walkway over a deep gorge), so we went downhill and uphill to find the trail across from the fort.

Then the fun began. Two-plus hours of steep uphill. Rocky, narrow, slippery, so tough that we dared not pause for a photo until the path widened. One trekker passed us, saying “I don’t speak English.” He is the only fellow pilgrim we have seen on the trail for three days.

We climbed about 2,100 feet and followed a ridge for hours, pausing for a quick picnic. Lord of the Rings fans would love the dark pine forest, drippy mist and eerie silence. Sue and I loved the Sunday “stroll” up to this point. We even talked about how strong we felt after two weeks walking in Italy.

But the hard part remained. The 2,200 feet of descent would be a test on its own, but the treacherous, rocky, wet footing made most steps a calculation. Sue wondered how she would ever get help if I fell.

At 4:30, we found our isolated hotel and ristorante four miles beyond the bottom of the mountain trail. Four generations of a family live here and run it. A toddler runs around the dining room as we eat our yummy spaghetti carbonara. It is a surreal setting after a day that seems so real every time we move a muscle.

 

Categories: The Way of Saint Francis, The Way of St Francis | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Post navigation

7 thoughts on “The Way of St. Francis: It was going so well

  1. Ellen

    Just amazed and in awe!

    Like

  2. Deborah Gudger

    Whew! I was so afraid something other than(worse than) another grueling day on the trail had befallen you! You are such hardy spirits! May you have a day or two of all downhill trails!

    Like

    • Well, Debbie, perhaps my headline was over the top, but that’s how I felt when I sat here last night. Hope your trip is going well. Hi, Ken!

      Like

  3. Jackie Bachman

    Oh my! You MUST do a community lecture on this trek! I will have to get there an hour early Just to get a seat! 🌻🦋❤️Jackie

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: