Our walking and riding day is physically hard with heat and nearly 1000 metres of climbing with much fewer descents. The hill top farms and fortified villages are still picture book as is the sunset we have just witnessed.
In 2006 we rode our horses along the via Francigena. This year (2007) we took our bikes (and as always our dog, Vasco) with the dual aims of producing a guide book and raising money through sponsorship for 3 Rotary projects - an orphanage in Togo-Benin, books for schoolchildren in Madagascar and medical equipment for hospitals in Haiti. We reached Rome on September 5th and clocked up 2,000 kms and have now completed the guidebooks, available from www.pilgrimagepublicatons.com