VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Day 9

Arras to Bapaume:

Left at 7 trying to beat the heat. For the 3rd day in a row the temperatures were in the 35-38C range.

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Passed 3 small Allied graveyards but missed the German one.

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A. A. Burgess

Had nice chat with local on his bike who was very glad to see pilgrims from USA and Japan. He wrote our names and information down for local paper.

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A short time later I took a turn in the woods and was startled by a dog the size of a small horse.

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Arrived at our accommodation at 1:00 but Odile, the owner isn’t too happy with my request to leave early at 6:30. She warmed up though as it turns out we share a passion for Irish music. She egged me on seemingly enjoying my toneless voice when I started singing along with the musicians on TV to “Dirty Old Town” and “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

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It never cooled down as I was sweating in bed.

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J.M. Ryan
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First WWI Cemetary of our pilgrimage coming out of Arras

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