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It's late Afternoon 23 August. I’m lying on the bed, in Fattoria la Foresta, the inn in Stia at the end of Stage 3 of The Way of St Francis. The poor start and murderous defeat on the road to Stia have destroyed me. Were...

After a Poor start to Stage 3 on The Way of St Francis, we continue our quest on in the heat of the day. Following the settlement of Castel Castagnaio, we attack Poggio Roseto. At least this poggio is not as severe as Pian della...

Wednesday 23 August 2017. I get up feeling confident that things will go well today, after the improvement during yesterday's Stage 2 on the Way of St Francis. Ideally, we should start a stage on the trail at the crack of dawn. Today this is not possible,...

It is around 06:00, 22 August 2017, in Pontassieve, just before the Italian summer sunrise. Feeling revitalised by a good night’s rest, my feet in walkable shape, blister plasters working well, I decide to hike Stage 2 of the St Francis Way after all. Niels and...

It is before the Italian sunrise in Florence on the 21st of August 2017. We set off on the Via di San Francesco, Stage 1: Florence to Pontassieve. We reach our first landmark, the Triumphal Arch on the Piazza di Libertà, still inside Florence. It feels...

Common sense says you should be fit enough before starting something like a Camino hike of about 500 Km. Here are some of my previous attempts, some more misguided than others.   Do Nothing Hindsight and common sense says this is a bad idea. Yet on my first...

When I told was my daughter, Estelle, about my invitation to hike the Way of St Francis of Assisi, she suggested we go and look at some boots. She knew of about the Hi-Tec factory store near to where we live. She’s into hiking too,...

It is the end of June 2017. The wheels are in motion for me to meet Niels in Italy or somewhere on route, to walk The Way of St Francis from Florence to Rome. Hiking with someone, especially on a difficult hike, either builds or destroys...

I sometimes marvel at my own insanity. Is it possible? It’s the 4th of August, 2017. Here I am, four weeks after my birthday. I'm going to hike the Camino of St Francis of Assisi at age 63. Arrangements are in place. The initial feelings of unbelief...

Who knows where a crazy idea, voiced in a throwaway line can lead you? It may just be the fuel to fire up strange dreams. It all started more than a year ago. An old friend mine, Niels Troost, suggested that I come and visit him...