Assisi tour – minus day 3 / A testing time…

Woke up to this view out of the hotel window in Gubbio –

Out hotel window

After breakfast, (man do they know how to make coffee here!), drove to Pietralunga, and arrived during a morning market in the square in front of an old church…

Pietrulunga Market

We parked the car then walked off along the route to Gubbio.

road to gubbio 2

This stage, from Pietrulunga to Gubbio, will be a long hard walk – about 27kms and 8hrs walking, Sandy Brown says in his guide book. Do the maths on that, and it’s only about 3.4kms per hour. Not very fast at all, which means there are lots of hills. And no towns, villages, cafes, or any place to get a feed or a drink.

Ken climbing hill

We’ll have to either take all our food for the day, or have Elena meet us part way with the van, and some lunch.

This morning we hit the first hill about 3kms out of town – a long steepish ascent of about 200m, which certainly got the heart pumping.

Jen climbing hill rv

But the scenery was stunning. The photos don’t do it justice.

What we learned from today is that Sandy’s directions in his book are very accurate. Also, it seems that the route in parts is well marked.


And the GPX tracks on the iPhone work a treat. But having the phone’s GPS function drains the battery very quickly.

Also I’ve done two walks now without my knee brace – the other day’s long walk, and today, which was only about 8kms, but up and down that steep hill. My knee has been twingeing, but is holding up.

There’s no doubt it’s going to be a gnarly little walk, this Via di Francesco – but through some breathtakingly beautiful countryside, and in the footsteps of St. Francis, which is a potent energy imprint.

Tomorrow we head towards Florence, and on Sunday we meet up with the first of our group. Very excited to soon be starting…




3 thoughts on “Assisi tour – minus day 3 / A testing time…

  1. Hi Bill, I am so happy, finishing packing trying to figure out what to put in the mochila. Should I take my GPS GARMIN, ? see you soon, :NB . beside doing fantasdtic coffee the italians are good for the best gelati, ice cream in the world ..


    • Hi Marie, yes, we’ll be seeing you very soon!

      The GPX files work best on a smartphone – either iPhone or Android. But I would bring the Garmin too. Also if you have an external battery pack for your phone that would be handy too, because having the gps always working drains the battery fast.

      The weather is variable – we have had no rain so far, and the temperature has been mostly great for walking – from 15C to 20C – but sometimes if there’s a wind it can get chilly.

      The food here is delicious Marie – and the wine too!!

      Safe travels, and see you soon!

      bill xx


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