Day one of walking
Patrico to Ferentillo
As I write this tonight after our first day of walking I am thinking about my expectations of a walk like this and what you, the reader is thinking and wanting to know!
It was an adventure and as we move on there will be more.
The first day is always the hardest as there is so much of the unknown, even if you have walked before on these sorts of trips.
The weather was kind to us – a warm 26º and clear blue sky.
We bought a baguette with prosciutto and pecorino cheese at the local deli in Spoleto. The shop keeper prepared it for us – We also bought an apple and clementine.
Our backpacks filled with water bottles were really all we need for this walk.
The walk today mostly took us through meadows as well as wooded areas.
Oak trees were a constant, so too the granite outcrops as well as marble.
We walked up and down following instructions written for us by ‘On Foot Holidays’.
We were told there would be red and white horizontal painted strips to guide – along with the instructions as well as a GPS guide (we were given instructions to download this before we left). Whilst it didn’t show the terrain it was so good to have this a secondary validation to the written instructions.
We did know we were starting at 900metres and rising to 1050 before walking downhill to 200mtrs.
Whilst this sounds very pleasant it was really tricky doing the downhill walk.
Some of which took us a very steep decline amongst an extremely rocky terrain.
We were driven from Spoleto to our stating point and left to our own devices.
It was all so beautiful area to walk through.
We felt quite privileged to be walking in an area that we in fact met very few people.
There was a German couple doing nearly the same walk except for the fact they were going to the highest points and coming across us occasionally – once to ask if we had lost a pair of sunglasses which Sam had but hadn’t missed!
At this point we were confused by our map, GPS and text guidance so it was very confirming for us to follow their lead.
We met a farmer, a woman foraging for asparagus and that was about it.
Some surprise for me were the lack of ruins along the way. Here we are in a country that has been so significant for thousands of years and the evidence of which can be seen everywhere yet we can walk across country and find very little evidence of any structures.
We fond cattle with bells grazing on the meadows.
We found tadpoles in a small flowing water pass (almost like a puddle).
Because it is the beginnings of spring here we enjoyed lots of wild flowers. Hyacinths, primroses, daisies, cyclamens
We were really exhausted and ready for a hot shower and cold beer when we arrived at our accommodation. (agroturismo) – a modern farm like accommodation place. The beer was old but so was the water in our bathroom. Certainly awakened our senses and helped the good night sleep!!