To heaven, hell and steepness in between

30 May

IMG_1663 From Cassio to Pontremoli was only about 40 Kms…
Every uphill was cursed by mud, rocks and stupid steepness. The downhills were worse. Toes pushed into the top of my shoes… surely the end to ten toenails.
To not watch every step was asking for trouble. I had to look up every 10 metres to make sure I was on the right path and not sending myself into a mud pit or falling on rough trail. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such gnarly trail.

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Absolutely ZERO relief as every climb was heckled with a tortuous decent. Ugly. From up to Communications towers, down to creek crossings. Nothing gave relief. If every day was like today. I’d be a broken pilgrim.
Passed a bike rider who’d fallen and a fellow pilgrim who also fell in the last 5 kms. To come this far and break an ankle would surely piss this pilgrim off and ensure to me that there really isn’t a God.

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Arriving in Pontremoli and spending an hour trying to find the “Ostello” that wasn’t, almost had me in tears… Almost.
Resorting to the Convento Cappuccini .. Likewise.
The guy that opened the door has a special relationship with Australia and just wanted to talk ( in Italian) about some Priest he met in Melbourne years back….. I, on the other hand wanted a shower and some horizontal relief from surviving a day of technically frustrating trail.
Two more weeks and I will be in Rome. Just need to stay focused and stop wishing Rome wasn’t so far down the “boot”. Still 500 Kms to go but 1,700 Kms done.
Don’t know what tomorrow will bring but I imagine by the looks of the mountains surrounding this place.. I’m in for another like today.
Need to restock supplies. Carrying food and water is a must and the remoteness of the mountain tops hit me today. Must get spare batteries for my Spot Tracker. Compulsory piece of gear.

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7 Responses to “To heaven, hell and steepness in between”

  1. Alexandra Wileman May 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    OMG what a bloody tough couple of days ! Have a good cry if you want one. I am, just reading your descriptions. Keep smiling only 2 weeks to go how exciting!!!!. Can’t wait to to see you back on Aussie soil and listen again to all the stories.

    Alex xx

    From: ultrasmall Reply-To: ultrasmall Date: Friday, 30 May 2014 2:24 PM To: Alexandra Wileman Subject: [New post] To heaven, hell and steepness in between

    WordPress.com janetrumper posted: “From Cassio to Pontremoli was only about 40 Kms… Every uphill was cursed by mud, rocks and stupid steepness. The downhills were worse. Toes pushed into the top of my shoes… surely the end to ten toenails. To not watch every step was asking for troub”

  2. blake May 31, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Hang Tough Jane.. I’ve just come across your blog and i’m loving reading your updates… You’re an inspiration and a star.. Stay strong!

    • janetrumper June 2, 2014 at 5:24 am #

      Thanks! I can’t see your info. Have we met? Appreciate your support and comments! J x

  3. Gail Hamilton May 31, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Jane, am loving your posts and so impressed with what you are doing, where you have been and how you have coped! Keep smiling as Alex says! You are an inspiration!!
    Gail x

    • janetrumper June 2, 2014 at 5:20 am #

      Thanks Gail. Would be great to catch up when I get back. J x

  4. Jon Phillips May 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Go Jane. Hope you take a few moments to enjoy the beauty of the mountains, in between the challenging!!! trails. Sounds like you are in the last quarter of about 2000km+… well done…Keep going…….!!!

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