Lucca to Altopascio – 11 miles in 6 hours – Monday September 24thOur time in Lucca was fun. We actually had two days off from the Via.
Today started with a lovely cloudy morning that turned into hot sun and no shade by 11:00 am.It was a mixed bag – residential, farm land, industrial and commercial areas – lots of olive trees.We met a new pilgrim from the USA. It was her first day on the trail, she’s ultimately walking to Sienna and looked like we did on our first day. Clean, fresh and eager!
As Bill and I walked today we talked about time off vs walking daily. This break was necessary as a couple members of the Fab Five had body parts that needed resting. The respite was wonderful but today I found my pack feeling heavy and my joints needing some oil. By hour five I was longing for a train heading towards the Amalfi Coast.
I think our bodies and mind get in a groove with a daily grind. The break feels relaxing and freeing but is there a price? Bill posed the question to all of us a few days ago. How many days off in a row before you chuck the whole thing and travel? One day is necessary but what happens if you take 2, 3 or 5?
HA! You wouldn’t believe the stuff we can think about out there on the trail. Talk about monkey mind!
The weather channel says the temperature should drop by 13 degrees tomorrow. Yay!!! Currently it’s 85 and feels like 88 (according to the app). It will be interesting to see what this does to our energy level.We entered the province of Florence and are sleeping at the Albergo Paola. It’s a one star that’s better than some three stars we’ve stayed in and here why (click on the word why).
* Hey thanks everyone for all the comments and emails. It’s great hearing from you.
Roxanne’s post and photos:
Four wheelsFrom Lucca walked to AltopascioThree wheelsThis bell tower is in Altopascio. The bell is called “Smarrita” the bell of the lost that rang at dusk to help pilgrims lost in the fog and the woods.