Life is quickly becoming rhythmic. Up by 0700, breakfast at 0730, out the door by 0800. No lunch, but coffee and a roll if we happen to travel through a village or breadsticks and cheese and maybe a piece of fruit if we don’t. We finish our walk and check into our room by 1600, shower, wash clothes, find dinner, drink wine, plan the next day’s walk, write, read, go to sleep. Repeat.
Today was an over, under, around, through and a good bit of up and down kind of day. It was full of obstacles that required some gymnastic ability as well as walking. The day dawned sunny and cool (48F). We headed down the steep, steep steps from the old city to ‘sea level’ and reclaimed our place on the path. Birds sang, woodpeckers rat-a-tat-tatted, lizards skittered through the leaves. Wildflowers in reds, yellows, whites, pinks and purples provided a riot of color and candy for the eye. The air was fresh and clean with a scent of pine and wood smoke and occasionally a whiff of cow manure.
We crossed a river over a rustic, but sturdy log bridge, then crossed it again a few miles further, the bridge a bit more rickety this time. By the third log bridge, the railings had fallen away into the river and the logs moved precariously as we edged our way across.
We climbed over downed trees, under downed trees and around downed trees, requiring us to remove our packs on a couple of occasions to fit under. We tripped and tumbled a few times on the rutted, rooted path. We squeezed through a narrow path between enormous, mossy green boulders that left me feeling a bit slimy. It was an interesting excursion, but quite time-consuming. We made only 2 to 2-1/2 miles/ hour. It seemed a long, hard day for only 14.75 miles made good.
We met 9 pilgrims including a couple from Scotland with whom we chatted and Casper, who was friendly, but not ghostly and from Sweden.
In addition to the VF markers for which we search constantly, David has been using the VF app on the phone which has been stellar … until today. Because we’re going ‘backwards’ on the path, we sometime miss the markers, but the app keeps track of our position and shows our exact location on the trail … or not. This time we tromped through tall grass and over fences in a hazelnut grove knowing this could not possibly be right although the app showed us right on. We finally intersected with the main path and carried on.
Our accommodation for the evening was Casa Augusto, a comfortable-enough, but cold, small apartment on the main road just off the VF and adjacent to a pizzeria. We passed on the pizza/pasta option and found a Co-op Supermercato nearby and indulged in a rotisserie chicken, salad and wine. Just like home!
Day 4 – 15.57 miles walked /36,216 steps
Leg distance:14.75 mtg - 1215 miles to Canterbury