Day 18 of the Via Francigena

Fiorenzuola to Fidenza – 9 miles by foot

There was a happy face in our sink this morning.Today it was hot and humid by 9:30. Darrell learned that the weather is not normal for this time of year.

We started walking through town to an overpass to roadside walking through farm land with huge old stone buildings. It was what novels were written about. I longed for a family to invite us in to sit down for lunch in the shade of their tree. A long table with bottles of water and wine, fresh vegetables, homemade cheese, fresh baked bread and farm raised meat to greet us. Yup. It ended there. A longing – a mirage in my mind.The humidity causes the horizon to be misty and our bodies to be soggy and heavy.We encountered seven other pilgrims along the trail and met the nicest locals today. They all think we’re nuts for walking to Rome but smile at our tenacity.

4 miles short of Fidenza one of the Fab Five had a tire blow out and the owner of the restaurant where we stopped for lunch drove us to our final destination.We found the closest place to rest at the Hotel Astoria.Roxanne’s post and photos:

Walking out of Fiorenzuola d’Arda

The Abby of Chiaravalle della Colomba

Rural road to Castione Marchesi

2 thoughts on “Day 18 of the Via Francigena

  1. Kim Chapman

    Looks like you all are still trekking along…:-)
    The humidity surely makes it difficult to keep focused and have the energy that is needed while walking or doing anything. Hoping the weather changes a bit and there is less humidity so you all can be your spry selves LOL
    Pictures are great. Loved you all with the rolls of hay!!!

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