It was a tough start to my morning due to too little sleep l, but we had the compensation of enjoying a coffee and pastry with Ido and Dana.
The sunrise was pretty, but our primary focus was on the 6 degree C start that was accompanied by a blustery wind. As a result we were both pretty bundled up when we started.
But as we made our way off the peak, and as the sun rose we soon shed layers.
I will admit that I don’t feel great about how I spent my morning. I was determined to make up for last night and make a real Day85 post so as we descended I was not focused on the beautiful scenery, but rather on my cell phone and camera. As a result I missed some things, but it would have gnawed at me all day until I got it done.
This section is know for its wild beauty. It was rugged and filled with empty rolling hills and herds of grazing sheep. The sun cast cool shadows over the landscape.
The route was primarily downhill all day. As a result we kept a good pace and we’re only passed by a few of the ultra marathon racers.
At about 10:30 we came to a fork in the road. Go right and we’d have a beautiful forested walk, but one that added 10km to the day. Go right and we’d have the shorter way but would have to walk along a busy road for long stretches (basically most of the rest of the day).
We had a few minutes to decide since at this juncture we were literally flagged over into a taped off area. We were mistaken for racers and had been herded into a refreshment area. Recognizing their mistake we were still invited to have some snacks and juice. We definitely qualified for the minimum distance on any case.
After downing a couple jam filled croissants and a banana, we came to the junction and went left. After yesterday we really didn’t want another 30+km day.
As promised the rest of the day was not nice. The traffic on the road was mostly courteous but we still had to walk past trash and broken glass sadly typical of most roadway shoulders here and back home. The noise and minor stress of walking in traffic made for a less than lovely afternoon.
Our pit stop at a unique cafe was interesting. We often joke about our timing at restaurants and cafes. Very often we arrive at a place and are the only ones there. By the time we leave, the place is packed. This was true this time as well. We joke that it is because of our popularity. Clearly everyone wants to eat where we eat. I just don’t know how the word spreads so quickly. Haha
Within 1-1/2hrs from our lunch we arrived at our destination of Acquapendente. As you might guess the town derives its name from several small waterfalls or “hanging waters” in the area. In the Middle Ages it was a main pilgrim thoroughfare. It was famous for its good wines and bread and also for its rude people. There was even a saying “Acquapendente- good wine, good bread, bad people”.
Acquapendente was a walled town that requires constant defense from the neighboring town of Orvieto who was always trying to snag a share of the pilgrim riches.
Acquapendente was also the finish line of the ultramarathon. We crossed through the finish line and had our photos taken. It was a fun moment.
We next found our lodging which is on the top floor of a pizzeria. Fun.
Our night ended by attending a mass and inviting Elana and Maria for dinner. All in all it was an excellent day.
4 thoughts on “Day86 Radicofani to Acquapendente – a frigid start but we crossed the finish line???”
So what’s the verdict Was taking the short route that bad after all?
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The short cut is likely what Sigeric would do. It’s the ancient route spoiled by a modern highway. For us, this day, it was the right decision. The other way would have been nicer but the additional rest was nice too.
No verdict. Just analysis.
I know that meeting companions along the way is something that “makes” the pilgrimage special. It has been neat to see the variety of people that you have met and become your friends. Some planned but many just serendipity / God ordained.
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Indeed. It’s certainly been a noticeable change since Siena. The people allow for opportunities to socialize and also be of help where possible.