Nov 18, 2014


The weather was ideal. My feet are happy after walking 32 km. Every time I glanced behind me, the Alps seemed to grow even larger and more majestic. (I'm really missing my camera!)

I took several over-long breaks today‎, which meant the last hour of my walk was done by the light of my headlamp. Note to self: make haste while the sun shines! With only 9.5 hours of daylight, I can't really afford to dilly-dally.

Tonight I'm staying in Palestro. The private hostel is only open from April to October, but the young‎ couple who run it do not turn people away. I had a home cooked meal in their dining room, the breakfast options look great, there's a wood-burning stove in my room, and payment is on a donation basis. Oh, and my bedroom directly abuts a mediaeval tower. How cool is that?

The Ospitaliere La Torre Merlata in Palestro is not listed in my guide book, so I'll be emailing the publisher with the information to be included in future editions.

And now I need to retire, so I can be ready to start walking again once it's light enough to see. I'm aiming for a 7:30 start, but who knows?

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