Day 30 on the Via Francigena

Le Briccole to Radicofani – 9.20 miles in 4.75 hours and climbed 1920 feet.

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn — that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness — that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” — Jane Austen

Chappy stretching his calves.This is our last day in Tuscany. However, the terrain changed so dramatically we wouldn’t know – gone are the vineyards and olive trees.It definitely feels like fall. The colors are captivating. Mother Nature decided to cloud up and rain. She didn’t listen to the weather forecasters – a woman after my own heart.Our Via books told us it would be a relentlessly uphill climb today. We got all cocky when the trail had some ups but not too bad. Then all of a sudden, somewhat like Mother Nature, the relentless climb began.

Yes, (for those who have noticed) sometimes Bill wears his Sketchers if rock-hopping or rainy weather look they would pull out the thong out of his flip-flop. Today was one of those days. Not sure what kind of devise you use to look at the photos but in many you will see a tower at the top of a hill far, far away (on a cell phone you’d have to zoom in). Well, it happens that often we climb to or from that spectacular thing in the distance. Hence, the climbing.We’re staying at Albergo La Torre. It’s so cold in our room that we’re bundled up in bed and it’s only 3 pm.

When staying in an Albergo at our price point the heat is controlled by the front desk. Bill tried to convey that he was cold hoping the host would turn on the heat. Instead he was told that there are extra blankets in the armoire.

** I need some feedback please. I greatly reduced the size of the photos to help with uploading (internet service is marginal). Has the quality of the photos diminished??

Roxanne’s post and photos:

Leaped, walked and enjoyed the seasonal color from Le Briccole to Radicofani.

18 thoughts on “Day 30 on the Via Francigena

  1. Kim Chapman

    Looks like the weather is changing…love your cow picture 🙂 I feel like she is looking right at me and she is so clean and white!!!

  2. Cindy Mari

    Your photos are are amazing as ever. Thank you for sharing this spectacular journey with us.

  3. Monica

    The photos are beautiful. I’m definitely enjoying the journey, thanks for making it so real. Please give Roxanne and Darrell my love. Monica

  4. Susan Tegano

    I’ve so enjoyed the education and pictural journey with the “Fab Five”. Thank you so much for sharing! I went through withdrawals when no post was made for 3 days. Love to all…..Susan

  5. Bonnie

    Photos are as gorgeous as ever – keep them coming! Love your commentary too and I am having so much fun traveling with you guys!

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