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Author Archives: John Ball

Part 1 Epilogue

This posting will be an attempt to summarize some of our experiences on Part 1 of our walk across Europe. In writing this, I hope to give you a feel for how the trip has progressed up to this point and also cover a few topics not discussed in our daily posts.  First, a few … Continue reading »

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Day 64

From:  Mirandola To:  Nogara Miles:  22 Total:  969 Today’s walk was pretty basic; though it was long and on a busy road most of the day.  We left the hotel in Mirandola at 8:30 after a good breakfast.  The morning was crisp with clear skies and light winds. The forecast said it would get more … Continue reading »

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Day 62

From:  Bologna To:  Crevalcore Miles:  17 Total:  930 Today was a straight walk from our hotel on the west side of Bologna to the small town of Crevalcore. Gone are the mountains of central Italy. Today, the highest thing we walked on was an overpass.  We left the comforts of our nice hotel this morning … Continue reading »

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Day 60

From:  Montepiano To:  Vado Miles:  23 Total:  897 Today’s walk was a long one. Luckily for us, it was mostly downhill with a strong wind at our back. Unfortunately, our day did not end at the end of our walk.  We knew we had a longer trek than usual today so we got on the … Continue reading »

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Day 58

From:  Florence To:  L’Isola Miles:  16 Total:  860 Today we left the beautiful Tuscan capital city of Florence behind and are now on a four day walk to Bologna. To get there we will be walking over the Apennine Mountains that run perpendicular to out route. That means three days of climbing and a decent … Continue reading »

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Day 56

From:  Burchio To:  Florence Miles:  16 Total:  844 What a great day we had today.  The weather was perfect, the breakfast at the B&B in Burchio was excellent, and except for the very poor quality of the mattresses we experienced last night, and a slight false start by me this morning, it couldn’t have been … Continue reading »

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Day 54

From:  Monte San Savino To:  Montevarchi Miles:  20 Total:  815 Today’s walk was a nice 20 mile stroll in the country. The skies were overcast all day which kept the temperatures down a little, and there was no wind; just like we like it.  The day got started with a good breakfast at the hotel … Continue reading »

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Day 52

From:  Giovancorso To:  Bettolle Miles:  17 Total:  783 After last night’s amazing rest at the very nice L’Albero di Gameli B&B in Giovancorso, we were back on the road this morning at 8:30 with crisp temperatures, clear skies, with no wind.  Today’s route was pretty straight forward. We spent most of the day on paved, … Continue reading »

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Day 50

From:  Bolsena To:  Fabro Miles:  23 Total:  753 Very tough day!  We walked 23 miles with some steep climbs and descents over very difficult terrain.  We are definitely in the heart of Tuscany now and will be until we get past Florence the middle of next week.  We knew we were facing a longer day … Continue reading »

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Day 48

From:  Capranica To:  Viterbo Miles:  16 Total:  711 Today’s walk was a tough one for several reasons that I’ll explain below.  We got on the road today at 8:45. Rather than our normal Italian breakfast at the hotel, we were given a voucher to go to a local coffee shop just down the street. This … Continue reading »

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