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10 September 2017, about 13:40. Stage 18 part 1 and part 2 completed. We unpack. Thankfully, not a drop of rain got through the waterproofing of my KWAY Venture 50 backpack. Rest and Recovery Niels is in the shower. I take off all my sodden wet clothes....

10 September 2017. Today we are faced with most likely the easiest walk on the entire Way of St Francis – 12km and “flat as a cow’s how’s your father,” according to Niels. We are in no hurry to get up. During the night there was...

It’s just after 14:00 on 8 September 2017. We’ve done the distance of over 20 km for Stage 16 plus the extra bit in almost exactly six hours. Considering we’ve taken at least an hour to rest in Spello, it means we’ve covered the distance...

We start the second half of the Cammino di San Francesco at the dawn of 8 September 2017. Italy is still on daylight savings time. With Assisi at latitude 43ᵒ4’ North and longitude 12ᵒ13’ East, I’m not surprised to see a notable shift in sunrise...

7 September 2017, around 11:00. After our wanderings through the Basilica di San Francesco, Niels and I sit on the piazza looking at the cathedral and the piazza framed by arches. “This scene reminds me of Assassin’s Creed,” he says. “What?” I know the game, but the...

It’s 17:32 of 6 September 2017 on my hike with Niels Troost on the Way of St Francis. Walking through the St Giacomo Gate into the older part of Assisi, we pass under an arched crossing. It doesn’t matter how tired I feel, I still...

It is just after 15:00, 6 September 2017. There is silence at the watering point after the Pilgrims’ Cross. I decide to give myself as long as it takes before setting foot on the road again. The absolute refusal of a rebel^ fills me after...

6 September 2017, just after 13:00. I have always been one who does what is necessary. I want to know what I’m faced with. The book says 13.4km*, ascents 530m, and descents 456m. In comparison with the what we’ve done today, it means more climbing,...

6 September 2017, 06:30. The atmosphere in the chalet is tense as we get up. Niels’ attitude puzzles me. I’m still irritated about how he treated me last night. I take it personally, but I say nothing. The whole damn episode is bad enough to...

5 September 2017, 14:10. We consult author Sandy Brown’s book on Trekking the Way of St Francis. A simple route description is contained in the last paragraph for Stage 13. All we need to do is look out for a fork in the road, turn...