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15 September 2017. Breakfast and the raiding of the buffet table have become routine. Not for the first time Niels scrutinises my selection of cold meats. He comments that processed meat could possibly be the source of my chest problems. I know, in all likelihood,...

14 September 2017, just after 15:30. We are back on the main road into Poggio Bustone, at the end of Stage 22 of the Way of St Francis. The going is easy along a gentle downhill on an asphalt road. To our right, we look...

14 September 2017, about 12:40. We’re at a point where we have to make a choice regarding which route to take. Do we go to Faggio San Francesco or not? Looking at the map, it will only be a few minutes before we’re on the...

14 September 2017. We’re up early for a difficult stage on the Via di San Francesco. The statistics and rating indicate a hard day of 21.8km* to be covered – more or less an average day’s distance for the Way of St Francis. Judging by...

13 September 2017, Piediluco at about 15:00. We have a clear view across Lago Piediluco towards Labro and some serious mountains in the background. [caption id="attachment_16470" align="alignright" width="380"] The narrow medieval streets of Piediluco (Photo: © Henri Craemer)[/caption] With our chores behind us, Niels goes his way...

13 September 2017. Another difficult night with chest problems. There are three possibilities: last night’s food triggered an allergic asthmatic reaction, I’m getting ill, or both. I had to use my blaster (salbutamol inhaler) several times. I decide to walk in boots again, although the alternative...

12 September 2017. It was a difficult night with chest problems for me. After yesterday’s chilling down and energy crash I’m hardly surprised. Fortunately, I still had a relatively good night sleep in the end after using my salbutamol inhaler, AKA my blaster. We have...

It’s 09:38 on 9/11 (for the Americans remembered) of 2017. We've just crossed the Ponte delle Torri Aqueduct illegally under the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras. Niels has already left. There is also no one waiting to arrest us after we made our forbidden crossing....

11 September 2017. Since we decided last night to take the elevators up to the fort, we’re in no hurry to get going. They only open at 08:30. The rating for the day’s trek by Sandy Brown is “Hard”. This is not due to the distance*...

A few minutes after 15:00 Niels starts getting ready to go sightseeing. I’ve surfaced from a very fitful meditation. I’m ready to join him. We look at the map he got from reception and decide how to explore Spoleto. [caption id="attachment_16406" align="alignright" width="400"] The alleys and...