Croce di Geppe to Passo del Giogo
A freezing cold night. But after eating a lot of food yesterday and wearing everything I have, I wasn't feeling especially cold. In fact I had such a wonderfully deep sleep. A rare thing when camping.
Getting out of my sleeping bag and especially packing the dripping wet tent is a different story. Highly unpleasant as my fingers are getting numb. Anyway, eventually I am on my way. Similar to yesterday, trail wise. But unlike yesterday, I feel highly motivated. At least mentally. Physically, well not so much. My body needs some rest.
My last day on E1 this year. From the German-Danish border well into Italy. While walking, memories keep crossing my mind. Many wonderful places, encouters. It has not always been a walk in the park though. Especially during the last part across Northern Italy, I was struggling finding my motivation at times.
Time flies and after 10 final, surprisingly demanding kilometers, I reach Passo del Giogo - the end. For now at least. How do I feel you might wonder? Emotionless, really. I guess I am just tired, the sun already low on the horizon. The emotions probably will follow later. As it's getting cold, I quickly continue for another kilometer up Monte Altuzzo, where I am planning to camp - and it is a lovely site to camp. A flat, grassy top and fantastic views. A worthy place for my last night.
As I watch the sun slowly disappearing while eating my porridge with an extra serving of chocolate (somehow I have to celebrate, don't I?), the nice feeling of satisfaction overcomes me. Tutto posto - all good!
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Rob (Thursday, 22 September 2022)
Kia ora ... recording our 5.8 Earthquake last night ( 7.06pm) and a sleep full night.
To be quite honest, I'm glad you've come to your E1 end gor this season. My gladness, is purely because of the cold. and what you will have had to endure if you carried on. Too cold. Too hazardous. A good call Sandro. Now, shout yourself a few comfort delights, and enjoy the remaining time you have in Italy.
Your last blog is quite telling. I've been thinking, he's been through an 'end of walk' moment before. Several times over. But then, no matter how many times you have ended a walk, the emotions to be felt, experienced, relived, will never be the same.
This has been a long season. A lot you have seen, done, and experienced. As they say "you have saved the best til last'. That time is yet come.
For now, celebrate your accomplishments. You can be well satisfied for what you have done.
Enjoy your break! Take care, and as always Noho haumaru�
Fredy Koster (Friday, 23 September 2022 19:01)
A great spot for your tent for your last night on the E1 in Italy for this year. Beautiful sunset.
I for myself was surprised how beautiful this first leg of the E1 in Italy was. The hill and mountains were marvelous. Sure the weather was great too, so you could take such wonderful pictures.
As always it was a great pleasure to follow you on your hike. Thank you. Looking forward when you continue your adventure further down directon Sicily.
Very well done Sandro
Now enjoy some relaxing day in bella Italy, take care.
Rob (Sunday, 25 September 2022 07:40)
DAY ONE Daylight Saving in Aotearoa NZ.
Hope you are unwinding well there in Florence and enjoying yourself Sandro.
Kererū Kōtare Tūi and Piwakawaka have all come calling today. They're telling us - you're ok. � �
Klaus & Gisela (Sunday, 25 September 2022 08:52)
Hi Sandro, your journey in Italy seems to be an amazing Tripp. Unfortunately we wasn't able to surprise you with an unexpected catchup. Your stories and pictures are as always amazing.
Maybe once you're one the way back to Samedan you'll come trough our Valley. It would be great to meet you after your relaxing time in Italy.