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Monterotondo, just before 15:00, 20 September 2017. Niels and I find Bridget and John in front of the Albergo Antica dei Leoni. We’re considering having something as an afternoon snack. Niels and I wander down the hill, through the Sarocco and along the main road....

Montelibretti, 20 September 2017, 07:00. Niels and I are up and at it getting ready to walk to within touching distance of our pilgrimage destination – The Vatican. I am filled with anticipation and feeling just a little nervous about tackling the trek on foot...

Montelibretti, just before 10:00, 19 September 2017. Ilaria hands me the keys to our two bedroomed unit in the Albergo, and a voucher for supper at the pizzeria close by. Today I get the room with the double bed, after having spent the previous three...

About 08:30, 19 September 2017. A so-so breakfast suffices after our morning routine of getting up and packing. The discussion of me walking today is very short. My FOMO is bad, but it can’t override my need to recover completely. I will ride with the...

Sunday, 17 September 2017, 14:10. I wake up from my nap before Niels has completed Stage 25 of the Way of St Francis. I walk around and take a few pics. The Agriturismo is beautifully situated. It is surrounded by forest with views of Poggio...

Saturday, 16 September 2017, late afternoon. Agriturismo Santa Guista is a stop on the Way of St Francis with a beautiful setting. I amble around outside for a bit, taking pictures. After being inside for a while I hear rain. Niels and I rush outside...

16 September 2017: We’ve grown accustomed to leaving after breakfast. Today we’re a bit later than usual. After the revelry by the Italians of last night and the somewhat less than good night we had, this is hardly surprising. We get to the dining room,...

It’s after 18:00 on 15 September 2017 in Rieti. Twilight softens the lines of the city. Many Italians are out shopping and walking their dogs. It’s late enough to consider having supper. We stop in at a café on Piazza Cesare Battisti. There are many Italian...

15 September 2-17, 14:30. It’s a quiet Friday afternoon as if Rieti is already in weekend relaxing mode. The place where we decide to eat is close to Hotel Cavour on Piazza Cavour. A wide variety of people mingle on the piazza. We take an...

The peace surrounding Santuario La Foresta and overcast conditions deceive my sense of time. I feel rejuvenated before our quest on the Way of St Francis continues. When we start walking, it’s already well past midday. Time is not a factor because we’ve completed well...