Friday, June 27, 2014

Aosta to Montjovet June 27

                                                                                  Current Day.                       Trip to Date

Distance walked- miles.                                                 9.6.                                  602.9

Gross climb- feet.                                                       1080.                                 51,524

Song of the Day: Goodnight by the Beatles

Now it's time to say good night
Good night, sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night, sleep tight

Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you

We slept in until past 8 this morning!  What a luxury!  Most days, we wake at 5:30 or 6.  After a great breakfast at the hotel, we explored the interesting city of Aosta, visiting several ancient sites, churches, etc.  All in all, a very pleasant morning.  At 11:30, we boarded a train for a 20 minute train ride to Chatillon.  From Chatillon, we then walked about 9 miles or so to Montjovet.  Our hotel is actually in the boondocks about 2 miles past Montjovet. 

We could really feel it in our legs today after yesterday's 21 mile walk.  While relatively short at 9 miles, the walk today was more challenging than we had anticipated.  Some this was because of a couple of   severe climbs, part of it was because it was so warm (mid 80's), but mostly it was just "hangover" from the 4 days climbing over the Alps.  

Here is a nice shot from Aosta.  These arches apparently date back to 25BC.  This is a part of Italy that we have never been, and we would be interested in coming back and exploring again in the future.

We also walked through the town of St Vincent on the way.  A very nice village, they were having some sort of festival this weekend.  We stopped at one of the booths and had my favorite food- a hot dog and a beer!

We passed many ancient castles on the way.  Here is a photo of one of them alomg with a church.

Here is an amazing shot of a hydro power plant from one of the mountain paths.  What I find interesting about this shot is all the things going on in this very narrow valley.  You have a couple very busy highways going through here.  You have a river going through here, and there is a train going through.  It's hard to see from the shot, the train track crosses the river, and goes through the hydro plant!

Finally, no day is complete without some sort of cow pictures.  Unfortunately, we didn't see any live cows today, but we did come across these statues in a round about in Montjovet!  We probably weren't supposed to be out here, but we couldn't resist the shot!

Tomorrow, we should have a relatively manageable walk of about 14 miles.  As with most days, the forecast is for a 50 per cent chance of rain starting in the afternoon, so hopefully we can beat this again.

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