Day 24 The Sheep
June 24, 2017
Monterotondo To Monte Sacro
Statistics: steps= 31,303
Elevation climbed= 870 feet
Distance walked = 15.1. miles or 24.0 km.
I was under the impression that I would be walking in suburbia and urban Rome today, but that’s not the case. It’s rural wheat fields. Bone dry. And the hottest day so far in the Mid 90s. I am packing 3 liters but my thirst could drink half at a time.
A steep descent from Monterotondo.the houses end quickly and it’s dry wheat as far as the eye can see. Yikes!
The only sign is a piece of refuse wood with Francesco and an arrow scratched into the wood. And it’s in the ground. It’s like a no mans land.
Walk at least 5 kilometers in the open hot sun until the path has trees on each side. Cross a bridge and I check if the water is good for sitting in to cool off. Nope.
I keep tellIng myself one foot in front of the other. I see a large herd of sheep blocking the road ahead of me. There’s two gypsies doing shearing or something to the sheep. I motion to the big man if I should just walk through the herd. He motions yes. I walk through the herd and like Moses they grudgingly provide just enough room for me to pass. Behind me they close the gap.
As I walk away it occurs to me how remote I am. I hustle EWup the hill dragging my right leg. At the top I take my Parkinson’s medicines and walk fast.
The road continues on for another couple of kilometers then I see my first sidewalk and shortly thereafter my first gelateria. Yay!!
I walk to the B&B and they are full. The owner gives me a ride to the Santa Maria convento.
I sleep well.