Day 12 Gd St Bernard-Ivrea 70m(112km)

Long fast descent from Gd St Bernard pass, then followed Aosta Valley downstream for 50m! A dream descent. Snow-covered mountains recede into the distance behind me, and ahead beckons the fertile plain either side of the river Po, famous for their rice fields.  Discovered many Roman remains, some dated BC. Rome getting closer by the hour.

Aosta valley Carving its way between the alpine peaks both left and right, the valley descends following the Dora Baltea river. Nice to be going in the same direction as the current. As you know, rivers can’t flow uphill!

Ostello in Ivrea Along the Italian section of the VF, there are many dedicated hostels being established for pilgrims. If the VF develops like the Camino de Santiago, in 10-20 years time, there could be thousands travelling the route. In Tourist Information office in Fidenza, they took my photo (yes of me!) for possible inclusion in their promotional literature. After a long day in the saddle, I looked especially scruffy, but then…………….that’s what pilgrims should look like………. But this ostello in Ivrea came with its own fig trees!

And being part of a canoe club, I had the sound of the canoe-rapids’ rushing water right outside my window.  Every time I woke up in the night, the sound of running water drove me to the bathroom………or was it just an older man’s problem?



About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

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