Our first day on the Via Francigena and it was everything and more than we anticipated. Read all about it!Read More
We were up early for the first tour of the day at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s tomb, the Pieta, Bernini’s Canopy … it’s all there and all magnificent.Read More
My Merrell hiking shoes are just about done. The treads are okay, but the topsides have cracks and splits large enough to stick my finger through, and certainly aren't worth bringing with us on the Via Francigena. While they were quite comfortable, they didn't last nearly as long as I expected. In addition, after wearing them on the trail for a long day, my sweaty feet really generated some serious stink. After our 20+ days on the Thames path, they weren't allowed in the same room with us at the end of the day.
Marcie's Oboz are just as old and have at least as much mileage, but are still in pretty good shape. The problem with her shoes was that they were uncomfortable after 8-10 miles. Even worse, she was constantly plagued with blisters. Time for both of us to look for replacements. Off to REI to look for replacements…Read More