15 km. Even after a day off in Verrès, it’s all I expected of myself. And it didn’t feel minimal. Instead, it weighed on me. I’d had night fevers, and my insides still didn’t feel right; almost as if a poisonous substance floated in my system, and my body was doing it’s best to isolate and incinerate it.
I left Verrès, and then ambled through Issogne, the town across the river to the south. I was turning down the road to the quiet section by the river when a truck driver stopped and asked if I wanted a ride. He took my, No, thanks, with a nod and a shrug of the shoulders.
The river was lovely, and I took big gulps of cool air to dispel the nausea I felt waiting around the edges of my full stomach.
Trailing Through Towns
Despite the amount of secondary road walking, I loved the northern part of Italy’s Via Francigena. Yes, it lacked infrastructure, but the little towns, houses, and yards were so beautiful. Even the messy areas seemed to have their own sense of order.
This Roman bridge was among the treasures on that day’s path. I rested and ate next to it, hoping the slow pace and sound of flowing water would give my energy a chance to pop back up.
Avengers – Age of Ultron
About 5 km from Pont St Martin was the small town of Bard. In it was the Forte di Bard, the location used to film the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Built in the 19th century by the House of Savoy (this according to Wikipedia), this structure has since been completely restored.
The town has since spread off to the left, where the highway runs. But the old town lies wedged between the mountain and the fort, to the right in the photo above. The streets are barely wide enough to allow a heavy person to pass in places, much less the sun. This does little to dissipate the cheerful disposition of the locals.
Pont St Martin
Too exhausted to look for an inexpensive place to stay, I took the first hotel at the entrance to Pont St Martin. I got a decent room with a balcony and watched two helicopters put out a forest fire. Then I ate supper in the hotel’s dining room, expense be damned.
As I ate, I told my body enough was enough. It was time to end these ridiculous discomforts and feel better. I had miles and miles to go yet.