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Day 28

Posted by on February 3, 2019

From:  Foggia

To:  Lucera

Miles:  12

Total:  462

Today’s walk from Foggia to Lucera was very uneventful. With only 12 miles to cover, we took our good old easy time with it. 

After a great night at the very new and modern Hotel Up, we were up and at ‘um this morning; breakfast at 8:30 and out the door at 9:15. After some weaving through the streets of Foggia, we were back on the highway with a straight shot at our destination of Lucera. Because we’ve started a bit of a climb already, we could see Lucera from 10 miles away. We spent part of the morning walking on the shoulder of the 4-lane, but occasionally there was a service road that made it safer. 

By about 1:15 we had made it to our hotel near the city center. Because it’s Sunday, there was not very much activity around town. We got checked into the Hotel Federico II. It’s a little dated compared to the cool Hotel Up, but it’s clean, warm, has WiFi and a comfortable bed, and the rate is good, so we’re happy. After checking in and dropping off our packs in our rooms, we went looking for a place to eat lunch; something we have learned can be difficult at 2:00 in the afternoon in Italy. But we found a nice restaurant open a few blocks away and the food was great.  

Tomorrow we’re taking a day off.  It’s the first one since we got to Italy.  We’ve been saving a day off until we needed it for bad weather.  So tomorrow there’s a 100% chance of rain in the afternoon and we’re staying put right here until Tuesday. Then, we’re starting a climb over the mountains (tall hills) between here and Rome. The back roads we’ll be walking will be very crooked with a lot of ups and downs. Luckily after the rain tomorrow, the forecast looks good for the next week. 

We hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoys the Super Bowl. The kickoff is at 12:30 AM Monday morning our time. I may tune into some of the European sports channels and see if anyone is carrying it, but I’m not very confident in that. Cheers!  

Our home away from home for two nights; the Hotel Federico II.
A view looking west from our hotel in Lucera. We have hills in our future.

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